• IPA: /ˈsʌblɪmeɪt/

sublimate (sublimates, present participle sublimating; past and past participle sublimated)

  1. (ambitransitive, physics) To change state from a solid to a gas without passing through the liquid state. [from 16th c.]
    Synonyms: sublime
  2. (transitive, archaic) 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.
    Synonyms: heighten, elevate
    • The precepts of Christianity are […] so apt to cleanse and sublimate the more gross and corrupt.
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sublimate (plural sublimates)

  1. (chemistry) A product obtained by sublimation.

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