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sublimate Syllabification: sub·li·mate

Definition of sublimate in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈsəbləˌmāt/
1 [with object] (Especially in psychoanalytic theory) divert or modify (an instinctual impulse) into a culturally higher or socially more acceptable activity: people who will sublimate sexuality into activities which help to build up and preserve civilization he sublimates his hurt and anger into humor
More example sentences
  • Artists, in this view, are people who may avoid neurosis and perversion by sublimating their impulses in their work.
  • A psychologist might interpret my conversion as sublimating my guilty feelings, but I prefer to think about it as fulfilling my Jewish destiny.
  • Too often, however, student needs or preferences are sublimated to the overwhelming task of presenting large bodies of information to large numbers of students in small periods of time.
channel, control, divert, transfer, redirect, convert
2 [no object] Chemistry another term for sublime.
Example sentences
  • 78.5°C Temperature at which dry ice (carbon dioxide) sublimates from a solid to a gas
  • There is no danger at all in consuming a drink that was cooled down using dry ice - most of the carbon dioxide will just sublimate into the air.
  • Some of the most dominating physical features I've ever encountered, a glacier is a vast mass of ice formed from the accumulation of snow that compacts faster than it melts and sublimates.


Pronunciation: /ˈsəbləmət/ /ˈsəbləˌmāt/
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A solid deposit of a substance that has sublimed.
Example sentences
  • During the waning stages of eruption, fumarolic activity oxidized cinders along the rim and deposited aggregates of sublimates, hydrothermal precipitates, and reaction products near the central vent of the volcano.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'raise to a higher status'): from Latin sublimat- 'raised up', from the verb sublimare.



Pronunciation: /ˌsəbləˈmāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • To think about sublimation, the process by which an object ‘acquires the dignity of the Thing’, produces a different emphasis.
  • All employ a print process known as dye sublimation, and this classy Samsung model is the pick of the crop.
  • The microscopic amounts are achieved by superheating managerium so that it changes from a solid directly into a gas - a process known as sublimation.

Words that rhyme with sublimate

animate • decimate

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