sophisticate

  • 1 Sophisticate — So*phis ti*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sophisticated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sophisticating}.] [LL. sophisticatus, p. p. of sophisticare to sophisticate.] To render worthless by admixture; to adulterate; to damage; to pervert; as, to sophisticate wine …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Sophisticate — So*phis ti*cate, Sophisticated So*phis ti*ca ted, a. Adulterated; not pure; not genuine. [1913 Webster] So truth, while only one supplied the state, Grew scare and dear, and yet sophisticate. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 sophisticate — index denature, evade (deceive), expert, mislead, pervert, prevaricate, veteran Burton s Legal Thesaurus …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 sophisticate — (v.) c.1400, from pp. stem of M.L. sophisticare (see SOPHISTICATION (Cf. sophistication)). As a noun, from 1923 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 sophisticate — *adulterate, load, weight, doctor …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 sophisticate — ► VERB 1) make more discerning and aware of complex issues through education or experience. 2) make more complex or refined. ► NOUN ▪ a sophisticated person. DERIVATIVES sophistication noun. ORIGIN Latin sophisticare tamper with , from s …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 sophisticate — [sə fis′tə kāt΄; ] for n., usually [, sə fis′təkit] vt. sophisticated, sophisticating [ME sophisticaten < ML sophisticatus, pp. of sophisticare < L sophisticus: see SOPHISTICAL] 1. to change from being natural, simple, artless, etc. to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 sophisticate — UK [səˈfɪstɪkeɪt] / US [səˈfɪstɪkət] noun [countable] Word forms sophisticate : singular sophisticate plural sophisticates someone who knows a lot about things such as culture, fashion, and the modern world …

    English dictionary

  • 9 sophisticate — n., adj. /seuh fis ti kit, kayt /; v. /seuh fis ti kayt /, n., adj., v., sophisticated, sophisticating. n. 1. a sophisticated person. adj. 2. sophisticated. v.t. 3. to make less natural, simple, or ingenuous; make worldly wise. 4. to alter;… …

    Universalium

  • 10 sophisticate — [[t]səfɪ̱stɪkeɪt[/t]] sophisticates N COUNT A sophisticate is someone who knows about culture, fashion, and other matters that are considered socially important …

    English dictionary

  • 11 sophisticate — so•phis•ti•cate n. [[t]səˈfɪs tɪ kɪt, ˌkeɪt[/t]] v. [[t] ˌkeɪt[/t]] n. v. cat•ed, cat•ing 1) a sophisticated person 2) to make less natural, simple, or ingenuous; make worldly wise 3) to alter; pervert: to sophisticate a meaning beyond… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 12 sophisticate — I. transitive verb ( cated; cating) Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin sophisticatus, past participle of sophisticare, from Latin sophisticus sophistic, from Greek sophistikos, from sophistēs sophist Date: 15th century 1. to alter… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 sophisticate — 1. noun A worldly wise person 2. verb a) Make less natural or innocent b) Practice sophistry; change the meaning of, or be vague about in order to …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 sophisticate — To adulterate. [Mod. L. sophisticare, pp. sophisticatus, to alter deceptively, fr. G. sophistikos, deceitful] * * * so·phis·ti·cate sə fis tə .kāt vt, cat·ed; cat·ing to make impure: ADULTERATE <a sophisticated oil> …

    Medical dictionary

  • 15 sophisticate — Synonyms and related words: blase, city slicker, cosmopolitan, cosmopolite, debase, disenchanted, disillusioned, doctor, knowing, load, man of experience, man about town, mondaine, slicker, weight, world wise, worldly, worldly wise …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 sophisticate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. worldling; cosmopolitan, man about town, man of the world. See skill, knowledge. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To make impure or inferior by deceptively adding foreign substances: adulterate, debase …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 sophisticate — so|phis|ti|cate [səˈfıstıkeıt] n formal someone who is sophisticated …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 sophisticate — so|phis|ti|cate [ sə fıstıkət ] noun count someone who knows a lot about things such as culture, fashion, and the modern world …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 sophisticate — [14] As those who hanker for the ancestral meanings of words never tire of pointing out, sophisticated originally meant ‘adulterated, corrupted’. The modern approbatory sense ‘worldly wise, cultured’ did not emerge (via an intermediate ‘lacking… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 sophisticate — so phis·ti·cate || sÉ™ fɪstɪkeɪt n. worldly person, person of wide learning and experience v. render worldly, make less innocent and naive; alter, pervert; make more complex adj. sophisticated, worldly wise, experienced …

    English contemporary dictionary