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 ?
It's a compound of adulterations made up to look like sugar.
On returning to his native land, he still continued to turn his chemical knowledge to account, by giving his services to that particular branch of our commercial industry which is commonly described as the adulteration of commodities; and from this he had gradually risen to the more refined pursuit of adulterating gold and silver--or, to use the common phrase again, making bad money.
I suppose no boy of twenty really loves a WOMEN, but loves only his etherealised extract of woman, entirely free from earthy adulteration. I noticed the words "pure" and "natural" in constant use by my young friend.
Consider all the waste incidental to the manufacture of cheap qualities of goods, of goods made to sell and deceive the ignorant; consider the wastes of adulteration,--the shoddy clothing, the cotton blankets, the unstable tenements, the ground-cork life- preservers, the adulterated milk, the aniline soda water, the potato-flour sausages--"
Of course, imitation and adulteration are the essence of competition--they are but another form of the phrase 'to buy in the cheapest market and sell in the dearest.' A government official has stated that the nation suffers a loss of a billion and a quarter dollars a year through adulterated foods; which means, of course, not only materials wasted that might have been useful outside of the human stomach, but doctors and nurses for people who would otherwise have been well, and undertakers for the whole human race ten or twenty years before the proper time.
As no one makes any profit by the sale, there is no longer any stimulus to extravagance, and no misrepresentation; no cheating, no adulteration or imitation, no bribery or
If I might take the liberty of saying so, sir, I don't think the milk which is boiled with it is quite genuine; but I am aware, sir, that there is a great adulteration of milk, in London, and that the article in a pure state is difficult to be obtained.'
On one point he may fairly claim approval at this particular stage of his career: he did not mean to imitate those philanthropic models who make a profit out of poisonous pickles to support themselves while they are exposing adulteration, or hold shares in a gambling-hell that they may have leisure to represent the cause of public morality.
Whether it was brought in by the birds of the air, or came blowing in with the very air itself, when the casement windows were set open; whether the baker brought it kneaded into the bread, or the milkman delivered it as part of the adulteration of his milk; or the housemaids, beating the dust out of their mats against the gateposts, received it in exchange deposited on the mats by the town atmosphere; certain it is that the news permeated every gable of the old building before Miss Twinkleton was down, and that Miss Twinkleton herself received it through Mrs.
I met men incoherent with indignation at the brutality of prize-fighting, and who, at the same time, were parties to the adulteration of food that killed each year more babes than even red-handed Herod had killed.