adulterate


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a·dul·ter·ate

 (ə-dŭl′tə-rāt′)
tr.v. a·dul·ter·at·ed, a·dul·ter·at·ing, a·dul·ter·ates
To make impure by adding extraneous, improper, or inferior ingredients.
adj. (-tər-ĭt) Archaic
1. Spurious; adulterated.
2. Adulterous.

[Latin adulterāre, adulterāt-, to pollute; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

a·dul′ter·a′tion n.
a·dul′ter·a′tor n.

adulterate

vb
(tr) to debase by adding inferior material: to adulterate milk with water.
adj
1. adulterated; debased or impure
2. a less common word for adulterous
[C16: from Latin adulterāre to corrupt, commit adultery, probably from alter another, hence to approach another, commit adultery]
aˌdulterˈation n
aˈdulterˌator n

a•dul•ter•ate

(v. əˈdʌl təˌreɪt; adj. -tər ɪt, -təˌreɪt)

v. -at•ed, -at•ing,
adj. v.t.
1. to debase or make impure by adding inferior, alien, or less desirable materials or elements.
adj.
2. adulterated.
[1580–90; < Latin adulterātus, past participle of adulterāre to mix, adulterate]
a•dul`ter•a′tion, n.
a•dul′ter•a`tor, n.

adulterate


Past participle: adulterated
Gerund: adulterating

Imperative
adulterate
adulterate
Present
I adulterate
you adulterate
he/she/it adulterates
we adulterate
you adulterate
they adulterate
Preterite
I adulterated
you adulterated
he/she/it adulterated
we adulterated
you adulterated
they adulterated
Present Continuous
I am adulterating
you are adulterating
he/she/it is adulterating
we are adulterating
you are adulterating
they are adulterating
Present Perfect
I have adulterated
you have adulterated
he/she/it has adulterated
we have adulterated
you have adulterated
they have adulterated
Past Continuous
I was adulterating
you were adulterating
he/she/it was adulterating
we were adulterating
you were adulterating
they were adulterating
Past Perfect
I had adulterated
you had adulterated
he/she/it had adulterated
we had adulterated
you had adulterated
they had adulterated
Future
I will adulterate
you will adulterate
he/she/it will adulterate
we will adulterate
you will adulterate
they will adulterate
Future Perfect
I will have adulterated
you will have adulterated
he/she/it will have adulterated
we will have adulterated
you will have adulterated
they will have adulterated
Future Continuous
I will be adulterating
you will be adulterating
he/she/it will be adulterating
we will be adulterating
you will be adulterating
they will be adulterating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been adulterating
you have been adulterating
he/she/it has been adulterating
we have been adulterating
you have been adulterating
they have been adulterating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been adulterating
you will have been adulterating
he/she/it will have been adulterating
we will have been adulterating
you will have been adulterating
they will have been adulterating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been adulterating
you had been adulterating
he/she/it had been adulterating
we had been adulterating
you had been adulterating
they had been adulterating
Conditional
I would adulterate
you would adulterate
he/she/it would adulterate
we would adulterate
you would adulterate
they would adulterate
Past Conditional
I would have adulterated
you would have adulterated
he/she/it would have adulterated
we would have adulterated
you would have adulterated
they would have adulterated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.adulterate - corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor"
stretch, extend - increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance; "stretch the soup by adding some more cream"; "extend the casserole with a little rice"
spoil, corrupt - alter from the original
water down - thin by adding water to; "They watered down the moonshine"
doctor, doctor up, sophisticate - alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive; "Sophisticate rose water with geraniol"
Adj.1.adulterate - mixed with impurities
impure - combined with extraneous elements

adulterate

verb debase, thin, weaken, corrupt, deteriorate, mix with, contaminate, devalue, water down, depreciate, attenuate, vitiate, bastardize, make impure The food had been adulterated to increase its weight.

adulterate

verb
To make impure or inferior by deceptively adding foreign substances:
Translations

adulterate

[əˈdʌltəreɪt] VTadulterar

adulterate

[əˈdʌltəreɪt] vt [+ alcohol, drugs] → frelater

adulterate

vt
wine, whisky etcpanschen; foodabwandeln; some adulterated Scottish version of Italian cookingein schottischer Abklatsch italienischer Küche
(fig) text, original versionverfälschen, Gewalt antun (+dat); an adulterated version of the originaleine verhunzte Fassung des Originals (inf)

adulterate

[əˈdʌltəreɪt] vtadulterare

adulterate

vt. adulterar, cambiar el original, viciar; falsificar.
References in classic literature ?
We seek our friend not sacredly, but with an adulterate passion which would appropriate him to ourselves.
On Monday the women are off to the milliners to spend more money than ever; the city men are off to business to make more money than ever--while my grocer, loud in my praises in his Sunday coat, turns up his week-day sleeves and adulterates his favorite preacher's sugar as cheerfully as usual!
For large companies, it is important to cut out the number of unnecessary parties who only help to add contamination along the way Bad chillies are often not removed, so the colour of the chilli powder is brown and processors in India often adulterate it to look a bright red.