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Meaning of ADULTERATE

Pronunciation:  [adj]u'dulturit, [v]u'dultu`reyt, u'dultu`reyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  mixed with impurities
  2. [v]  corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor"
 

ADULTERATE is a 10 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: adulterated, debase, debased, dilute, impure, stretch
 
 See Also: corrupt, doctor, doctor up, sophisticate, spoil, water down

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \A*dul"ter*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Adulterated};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Adulterating}.] [L. adulteratus, p. p. of
    adulterare, fr. adulter adulterer, prob. fr. ad + alter
    other, properly one who approaches another on account of
    unlawful love. Cf. {Advoutry}.]
    1. To defile by adultery. [Obs.] --Milton.
    
    2. To corrupt, debase, or make impure by an admixture of a
       foreign or a baser substance; as, to adulterate food,
       drink, drugs, coin, etc.
    
             The present war has . . . adulterated our tongue
             with strange words.                   --Spectator.
    
    Syn: To corrupt; defile; debase; contaminate; vitiate;
         sophisticate.
    
    
  2. \A*dul"ter*ate\, v. i.
    To commit adultery. [Obs.]
    
    
  3. \A*dul"ter*ate\, a.
    1. Tainted with adultery.
    
    2. Debased by the admixture of a foreign substance;
       adulterated; spurious. -- {A*dul"ter*ate*ly}, adv. --
       {A*dul"ter*ate*ness}, n.
    
    
 
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