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transubstantiate

[tran-suh b-stan-shee-eyt]
verb (used with object), tran·sub·stan·ti·at·ed, tran·sub·stan·ti·at·ing.
  1. to change from one substance into another; transmute.
  2. Theology. to change (the bread and wine) into the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist.
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Origin of transubstantiate

1400–50; v. use of late Middle English transsubstanciate (adj.) transubstantiated < Medieval Latin trānssubstantiātus, past participle of trānssubstantiāre. See trans-, substance, -ate1
Related formstran·sub·stan·tial, adjectivetran·sub·stan·tial·ly, adverbun·tran·sub·stan·ti·at·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for transubstantial

transubstantiate

verb
  1. (intr) RC theol (of the Eucharistic bread and wine) to undergo transubstantiation
  2. (tr) to change (one substance) into another; transmute
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Derived Formstransubstantial, adjectivetransubstantially, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin transsubstantiāre, from Latin trans- + substantia substance
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