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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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