I. transitive verb (-mated; -mating) Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin sublimatus, past participle of sublimare Date: 15th century 1. a. sublime 1 b. archaic to improve or refine as if by subliming 2. to divert the expression of (an instinctual desire or impulse) from its unacceptable form to one that is considered more socially or culturally acceptable • sublimation noun II. noun Date: circa 1626 a chemical product obtained by sublimation

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  • Sublimate — Sub li*mate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sublimated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sublimating}.] [L. sublimatus, p. p. of sublimare to raise, elevate, fr. sublimis high: cf. F. sublimer. See {Sublime}, a., and cf. {Surlime}, v. t.] 1. To bring by heat into the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sublimate — Sub li*mate, n. [LL. sublimatum.] (Chem.) A product obtained by sublimation; hence, also, a purified product so obtained. [1913 Webster] {Corrosive sublimate}. (Chem.) mercuric chloride. See {Corrosive sublimate} under {Corrosive}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sublimate — Sub li*mate, a. [LL. sublimatus.] Brought into a state of vapor by heat, and again condensed as a solid. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sublimate — index elevate, purge (purify) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sublimate — (v.) 1560s, from L. sublimatus, pp. of sublimare (see SUBLIMATION (Cf. sublimation)). Related: Sublimated; sublimating …   Etymology dictionary

  • sublimate — ► VERB 1) (in psychoanalytic theory) divert or modify (an instinctual impulse) into a culturally higher or socially more acceptable activity. 2) transform into a purer or idealized form. 3) Chemistry another term for SUBLIME(Cf. ↑sublimity). ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • sublimate — [sub′lə māt΄; ] for adj. & n., also [, sub′ləmit] vt. sublimated, sublimating [< L sublimatus, pp. of sublimare: see SUBLIME, vt.] 1. to cause to change directly from a solid to a gas, or from a gas to a solid, without becoming a liquid 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • sublimate — v. (D; tr.) to sublimate into, to * * * [ sʌblɪm(e)ɪt] to (D; tr.) to sublimate into …   Combinatory dictionary

  • sublimate — [[t]sʌ̱blɪmeɪt[/t]] sublimates, sublimating, sublimated VERB If you sublimate a strong desire or feeling, you express it in a way that is socially acceptable. [TECHNICAL or, FORMAL] [V n] He could try to sublimate the problem by writing, in… …   English dictionary

  • sublimate — UK [ˈsʌblɪmeɪt] / US [ˈsʌblɪˌmeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms sublimate : present tense I/you/we/they sublimate he/she/it sublimates present participle sublimating past tense sublimated past participle sublimated formal to change the way that… …   English dictionary

  • sublimate — verb /ˈsʌblɪmeɪt/ a) To change state from a solid to a gas (or from a gas to a solid) without passing through the liquid state (transitive or intransitive) b) To purify or refine a substance through such a change of state. See Also: corrosive… …   Wiktionary

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