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sophisticate

verb so·phis·ti·cate \ sə-ˈfi-stə-ˌkāt \
Updated on: 27 Nov 2017

Definition of sophisticate

sophisticated; sophisticating
transitive verb
1 : to alter deceptively; especially : adulterate
2 : to deprive of genuineness, naturalness, or simplicity; especially : to deprive of naïveté and make worldly-wise : disillusion
3 : to make complicated or complex

Examples of sophisticate in a Sentence

  1. there's no need to sophisticate something that is beautiful in its simplicity

  2. vanilla extract that has been sophisticated with corn syrup

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Origin and Etymology of sophisticate

Middle English, from Medieval Latin sophisticatus, past participle of sophisticare, from Latin sophisticus sophistic, from Greek sophistikos, from sophistēs sophist


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sophisticate

noun so·phis·ti·cate \ sə-ˈfi-sti-kət , -stə-ˌkāt \

Definition of sophisticate

: a sophisticated person

Examples of sophisticate in a Sentence

  1. sophisticates laughing at people they thought of as hicks

Recent Examples of sophisticate from the Web

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First Known Use of sophisticate

1923

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SOPHISTICATE Defined for English Language Learners

sophisticate

noun

Definition of sophisticate for English Language Learners

  • : a person who has a lot of knowledge about the world and about culture, art, literature, etc. : a sophisticated person


Medical Dictionary

sophisticate

transitive verb so·phis·ti·cate \ sə-ˈfis-tə-ˌkāt \

medical Definition of sophisticate

sophisticated; sophisticating
: to make impure : adulterate
  • a sophisticated oil


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