[tran-suh b-stan-shee-eyt]

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.

Nearby words

  1. transsonic,
  2. transsynaptic degeneration,
  3. transthoracic,
  4. transthoracic esophagectomy,
  5. transthoracic plane,
  6. transubstantiation,
  7. transudate,
  8. transudation,
  9. transude,
  10. transuranic

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for transubstantiate



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

Word Origin for transubstantiate

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

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