Adulterate

  • 1 adulterate — adulterate, sophisticate, load, weight, doctor mean to alter fraudulently especially for profit. Adulterate, the usual and technical term, especially when used with reference to foodstuffs and drugs, implies either the admixture of ingredients of …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 adulterate — adul·ter·ate /ə dəl tə ˌrāt/ vt at·ed, at·ing: to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance or element; esp: to prepare for sale by omitting a valuable ingredient or by replacing more valuable ingredients… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 Adulterate — A*dul ter*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Adulterated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Adulterating}.] [L. adulteratus, p. p. of adulterare, fr. adulter adulterer, prob. fr. ad + alter other, properly one who approaches another on account of unlawful love. Cf.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Adulterate — A*dul ter*ate, v. i. To commit adultery. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 Adulterate — A*dul ter*ate, a. 1. Tainted with adultery. [1913 Webster] 2. Debased by the admixture of a foreign substance; adulterated; spurious. [1913 Webster] {A*dul ter*ate*ly}, adv. {A*dul ter*ate*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 adulterate — (v.) 1530s, back formation from adulteration, or else from L. adulteratus, pp. of adulterare to falsify, corrupt, also to commit adultery (see ADULTERATION (Cf. adulteration)). Earlier verb was adulter (late 14c.). Related: Adulterated;… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 adulterate — [v] alter or debase, often for profit alloy, amalgamate, attenuate, blend, cheapen, commingle, contaminate, cook, corrupt, cut*, defile, degrade, denature, depreciate, deteriorate, devalue, dilute, dissolve, doctor*, doctor up*, falsify, impair,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 adulterate — ► VERB ▪ make poorer in quality by adding another substance. DERIVATIVES adulterant adjective adulteration noun. ORIGIN Latin adulterare to corrupt …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 adulterate — [ə dul′tər āt΄; ] for adj. [, ə dul′tər it] vt. adulterated, adulterating [< L adulteratus, pp. of adulterare, to falsify < adulter, an adulterer, counterfeiter < ad , to + alter, other, another] to make inferior, impure, not genuine,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 adulterate — UK [əˈdʌltəreɪt] / US [əˈdʌltəˌreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms adulterate : present tense I/you/we/they adulterate he/she/it adulterates present participle adulterating past tense adulterated past participle adulterated to make a substance… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 adulterate — adulterator, n. v. /euh dul teuh rayt /; adj. /euh dul teuhr it, teuh rayt /, v., adulterated, adulterating, adj. v.t. 1. to debase or make impure by adding inferior materials or elements; use cheaper, inferior, or less desirable goods in the… …

    Universalium

  • 12 adulterate — 1. adjective a) Tending to commit adultery. Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast, b) Corrupted; impure; adulterated. With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts 2 …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 adulterate — a•dul•ter•ate v. [[t]əˈdʌl təˌreɪt[/t]] adj. [[t] tər ɪt, təˌreɪt[/t]] v. at•ed, at•ing, adj. 1) to debase or make impure by adding inferior, alien, or less desirable materials or elements 2) adulterated 3) adulterous • Etymology: 1580–90; < L …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14 adulterate — verb (t) /əˈdʌltəreɪt / (say uh dultuhrayt) (adulterated, adulterating) 1. to debase by adding inferior materials or elements; make impure by admixture; use cheaper, inferior, or less desirable goods in the production or marketing of (any… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 15 adulterate — I. transitive verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Latin adulteratus, past participle of adulterare, from ad + alter other more at else Date: 1531 to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance or element;… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 adulterate — adul·ter·ate ə dəl tə .rāt vt, at·ed; at·ing to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance esp to prepare for sale by replacing more valuable with less valuable or inert ingredients adul·ter·a·tor .rāt ər n …

    Medical dictionary

  • 17 adulterate — Synonyms and related words: alloy, attenuate, baptize, bastardize, canker, cheapen, coarsen, confound, contaminate, cook, corrupt, cut, deacon, debase, debauch, defile, deflower, degenerate, degrade, denaturalize, denature, deprave, desecrate,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 adulterate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. mix, water down, weaken, dilute; debase, corrupt. See deterioration, mixture, weakness. Ant., purify, clarify. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. weaken, mix with, intermix, alloy, amalgamate, dilute, water… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 adulterate — a|dul|ter|ate [əˈdʌltəreıt] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of adulterare, from ad to + alter other ] to make food or drink less pure by adding another substance of lower quality to it →↑unadulterated >adulteration… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 adulterate — a|dul|ter|ate [ ə dʌltə,reıt ] verb transitive to make a substance less pure by adding something else to it ╾ a|dul|ter|a|tion [ ə,dʌltə reıʃn ] noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English