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ADULTERATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does adulterate mean? 

ADULTERATE (adjective)
  The adjective ADULTERATE has 1 sense:

1. mixed with impurities

  Familiarity information: ADULTERATE used as an adjective is very rare.


ADULTERATE (verb)
  The verb ADULTERATE has 1 sense:

1. corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones

  Familiarity information: ADULTERATE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ADULTERATE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Mixed with impurities

Synonyms:

adulterate; adulterated; debased

Similar:

impure (combined with extraneous elements)


ADULTERATE (verb)


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Meaning:

Corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

adulterate; dilute; debase; stretch

Context example:

adulterate liquor

Hypernyms (to "adulterate" is one way to...):

corrupt; spoil (alter from the original)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "adulterate"):

water down (thin by adding water to)

doctor; doctor up; sophisticate (alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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