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adulterate

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verb adul·ter·ate \ə-ˈdəl-tə-ˌrāt\

Simple Definition of adulterate

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

Full Definition of adulterate

adul·ter·at·edadul·ter·at·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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·torplay \-ˌrā-tər\ noun

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

Rhymes with adulterate

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adulterate

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

Definition of adulterate

  1. 1 :  being adulterated :  spurious

  2. 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>



1570

First Known Use of adulterate

1570


ADULTERATE Defined for Kids

adulterate

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verb adul·ter·ate \ə-ˈdəl-tə-ˌrāt\

Definition of adulterate

adul·ter·at·edadul·ter·at·ing

  1. :  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

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

Medical Definition of adulterate

adul·ter·at·edadul·ter·at·ing

  1. :  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

  2. adul·ter·a·tor \-ˌrāt-ər\play noun





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