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EtymologyEdit

From Latin sublīmātus, past participle of sublīmāre (to raise, elevate).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsʌblɪmeɪt/
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VerbEdit

sublimate (third-person singular simple present sublimates, present participle sublimating, simple past and past participle sublimated)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, physics) To change state from a solid to a gas without passing through the liquid state.
  2. To purify or refine a substance through such a change of state.
  3. (transitive, psychoanalysis) To modify the natural expression of a sexual or primitive instinct in a socially acceptable manner; to divert the energy of such an instinct into some acceptable activity.
  4. (archaic) To raise to a place of honor; to refine and exalt; to heighten; to elevate.
    • Dr. H. More
      The precepts of Christianity are [] so apt to cleanse and sublimate the more gross and corrupt.

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NounEdit

sublimate (plural sublimates)

  1. (chemistry) A product obtained by sublimation.

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