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adulterate


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Adulterate  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Adulterate  \A*dul"ter*ate\,  v.  i. 
  To  commit  adultery.  [Obs.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Adulterate  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  adulterate 
  adj  :  mixed  with  impurities  [syn:  {adulterated},  {debased}] 
  v  1:  alter  with  the  intention  to  deceive;  Sophisticate  rose  water 
  with  geraniol"  [syn:  {sophisticate},  {doctor},  {doctor 
  up}] 
  2:  add  water  to  a  mixture  to  dilute  it  "adulterate  liquor" 
  [syn:  {stretch},  {water  down},  {dilute},  {debase}] 




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