Definition of sublimate
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
: to pass directly from the solid to the vapor state : sublime
sublimationplay \ˌsə-blə-ˈmā-shən\ noun
Examples of sublimate in a sentence
She sublimated her erotic feelings into a series of paintings.
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: 1559
First Known Use of sublimate
SUBLIMATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sublimate for English Language Learners
psychology : to express a desire or feeling by changing it into a form that is socially acceptable
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