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sublimate

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transitive verb sub·li·mate \ˈsə-blə-ˌmāt\

Simple Definition of sublimate

  • psychology : to express a desire or feeling by changing it into a form that is socially acceptable

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sublimate

sublimated

sublimating

  1. 1a :  sublime 1b archaic :  to improve or refine as if by subliming

  2. 2 :  to divert the expression of (an instinctual desire or impulse) from its unacceptable form to one that is considered more socially or culturally acceptable

sublimation

play \ˌsə-blə-ˈmā-shən\ noun

Examples of sublimate in a sentence

  1. She sublimated her erotic feelings into a series of paintings.

  2. I sublimated my grief at the death of my mother by throwing myself into my work.



Did You Know?

To sublimate is to change the form, but not the essence. Physically speaking, it means to transform solid to vapor; psychologically, it means changing the outlet, or means, of expression from something base and inappropriate to something more positive or acceptable. The word sublimate comes from the Latin verb sublimare, which means "to lift up" or "raise" and which is also the ancestor of our sublime. "Sublimate" itself once meant "to elevate to a place of dignity or honor" or "to give a more elevated character to," but these meanings are now obsolete.

Origin and Etymology of sublimate

Middle English, from Medieval Latin sublimatus, past participle of sublimare


First Known Use: 15th century


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sublimate

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noun sub·li·mate \ˈsə-blə-ˌmāt, -mət\

Definition of sublimate

  1. :  a chemical product obtained by sublimation



Circa 1626

First Known Use of sublimate

circa 1626

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sublimate

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noun sub·li·mate \ˈsəb-lə-ˌmāt, -mət\

Medical Definition of sublimate

  1. 1:  mercuric chloride

  2. 2:  a chemical product obtained by sublimation




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sublimate

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transitive verb sub·li·mate \ˈsəb-lə-ˌmāt\

Medical Definition of sublimate

sublimated

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sublimating

  1. 1:  sublime

  2. 2:  to divert the expression of (an instinctual desire or impulse) from its unacceptable form to one that is considered more socially or culturally acceptable




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