[ tran-suh b-stan-shee-eyt ]
/ ˌtræn səbˈstæn ʃiˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), tran·sub·stan·ti·at·ed, tran·sub·stan·ti·at·ing.

to change from one substance into another; transmute.
Theology. to change (the bread and wine) into the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist.

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 forms

tran·sub·stan·tial, adjectivetran·sub·stan·tial·ly, adverbun·tran·sub·stan·ti·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for transubstantiate


/ (ˌtrænsəbˈstænʃɪˌeɪt) /


(intr) RC theol (of the Eucharistic bread and wine) to undergo transubstantiation
(tr) to change (one substance) into another; transmute

Derived Forms

transubstantial, adjectivetransubstantially, adverb

Word Origin for transubstantiate

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