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1adulterate

verb adul·ter·ate \ə-ˈdəl-tə-ˌrāt\

: to make (something, such as a food or drink) impure or weaker by adding something of poor quality

adul·ter·at·edadul·ter·at·ing

Full Definition of ADULTERATE

transitive verb
:  to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance or element; especially :  to prepare for sale by replacing more valuable with less valuable or inert ingredients
adul·ter·a·tor \-ˌrā-tər\ noun
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Examples of ADULTERATE

  1. The company is accused of adulterating its products with cheap additives.
  2. <the company was fined for adulterating its all beef frankfurters with cereal>

Origin of ADULTERATE

Latin adulteratus, past participle of adulterare, from ad- + alter other — more at else
First Known Use: 1531

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2adulterate

adjective adul·ter·ate \ə-ˈdəl-t(ə-)rət\

Definition of ADULTERATE

1
:  being adulterated :  spurious
2
:  tainted with adultery :  adulterous

Examples of ADULTERATE

  1. <the pharmacist was convicted of selling adulterate drugs in order to maximize profits>
  2. <caught red-handed in what he claimed was his first adulterate encounter>

First Known Use of ADULTERATE

1570
ADULTERATE Defined for Kids

adulterate

verb adul·ter·ate \ə-ˈdəl-tə-ˌrāt\
adul·ter·at·edadul·ter·at·ing

Definition of ADULTERATE for Kids

:  to make impure or weaker by adding something different or of poorer quality <The company adulterated its orange juice with water and sugar.>
Medical Dictionary

adulterate

transitive verb adul·ter·ate \ə-ˈdəl-tə-ˌrāt\
adul·ter·at·edadul·ter·at·ing

Medical Definition of ADULTERATE

:  to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance; especially :  to prepare for sale by replacing more valuable with less valuable or inert ingredients
adul·ter·a·tor \-ˌrāt-ər\ noun

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