[ noun, adjective suh-fis-ti-kit, -keyt; verb suh-fis-ti-keyt ]
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  1. a sophisticated person.

  1. sophisticated.

verb (used with object),so·phis·ti·cat·ed, so·phis·ti·cat·ing.
  1. to make less natural, simple, or ingenuous; make worldly-wise.

  2. to alter; pervert: to sophisticate a meaning beyond recognition.

verb (used without object),so·phis·ti·cat·ed, so·phis·ti·cat·ing.
  1. to use sophistry; quibble.

Origin of sophisticate

1350–1400; Middle English (adj. and v.) <Medieval Latin sophisticātus (past participle of sophisticāre to tamper with, disguise, trick with words), equivalent to Latin sophistic(us) (see sophistic) + -ātus-ate1

Other words from sophisticate

  • out·so·phis·ti·cate, verb (used with object), out·so·phis·ti·cat·ed, out·so·phis·ti·cat·ing.

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How to use sophisticate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sophisticate


  1. (tr) to make (someone) less natural or innocent, as by education

  2. to pervert or corrupt (an argument, etc) by sophistry

  1. (tr) to make more complex or refined

  2. rare to falsify (a text, etc) by alterations

noun(səˈfɪstɪˌkeɪt, -kɪt)
  1. a sophisticated person

Origin of sophisticate

C14: from Medieval Latin sophisticāre, from Latin sophisticus sophistic

Derived forms of sophisticate

  • sophistication, noun
  • sophisticator, noun

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