Nearby words

  1. subleukemic leukemia,
  2. sublicense,
  3. sublicensee,
  4. sublieutenant,
  5. sublimable,
  6. sublimation,
  7. sublime,
  8. sublime porte,
  9. sublimely,
  10. subliminal

Origin of sublimate

1425–75; late Middle English: exalted, sublimated < Latin sublīmātus (past participle of sublīmāre to elevate), equivalent to sublīm(is) sublime + -ātus -ate1

Related forms
Can be confusedsublimate sublime

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British Dictionary definitions for sublimable

sublimate

verb

psychol to direct the energy of (a primitive impulse, esp a sexual one) into activities that are considered to be socially more acceptable
(tr) to make purer; refine

noun

chem the material obtained when a substance is sublimed

adjective

exalted or purified
Derived Formssublimable (ˈsʌbləməbəl), adjective

Word Origin for sublimate

C16: from Latin sublīmāre to elevate, from sublīmis lofty; see sublime

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Word Origin and History for sublimable

sublimate

v.

1560s, from Latin sublimatus, past participle of sublimare (see sublimation). Related: Sublimated; sublimating.

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Medicine definitions for sublimable

sublimate

[sŭblə-māt′]

v.

To transform directly from the solid to the gaseous state or from the gaseous to the solid state without becoming a liquid.
To modify the natural expression of an instinctual impulse, especially a sexual one, in a socially acceptable manner.

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