sub·​late ˌsə-ˈblāt How to pronounce sublate (audio)
sublated; sublating

transitive verb

: to negate or eliminate (something, such as an element in a dialectic process) but preserve as a partial element in a synthesis
sublation noun

Word History


Latin sublatus (past participle of tollere to take away, lift up), from sub- up + latus, past participle of ferre to carry — more at sub-, tolerate, bear

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sublate was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Sublate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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