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sophisticate

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

Definition of sophisticate

sophisticated

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sophisticating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to alter deceptively; especially :  adulterate

  3. 2 :  to deprive of genuineness, naturalness, or simplicity; especially :  to deprive of naïveté and make worldly-wise :  disillusion

  4. 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>

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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noun so·phis·ti·cate \-ti-kət, -tə-ˌkāt\

Definition of sophisticate

  1. :  a sophisticated person

Examples of sophisticate in a sentence

  1. <sophisticates laughing at people they thought of as hicks>

1923

First Known Use of sophisticate

1923


SOPHISTICATE Defined for English Language Learners


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sophisticate

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noun so·phis·ti·cate \-ti-kət, -tə-ˌkāt\

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


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sophisticate

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

Medical Definition of sophisticate

sophisticated

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sophisticating

  1. :  to make impure :  adulterate <a sophisticated oil>



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