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sub•li•mate



Pronunciation: (
v.sub'lu-māt";
n., adj.sub'lu-mit, -māt"),
[key]
v., -mat•ed, -mat•ing,
n., adj.


v.t.
1. Psychol.to divert the energy of (a sexual or other biological impulse) from its immediate goal to one of a more acceptable social, moral, or aesthetic nature or use.
2. Chem.
a. to sublime (a solid substance); extract by this process.
b. to refine or purify (a substance).
3. to make nobler or purer: To read about great men sublimates ambition.

v.i.
to become sublimated; undergo sublimation.

n.
Chem.the crystals, deposit, or material obtained when a substance is sublimated.

adj.
purified or exalted; sublimated.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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