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—v., -mat•ed, -mat•ing,
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.
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.
to become sublimated; undergo sublimation.
Chem.the crystals, deposit, or material obtained when a substance is sublimated.
purified or exalted; sublimated.
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