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tr.v. mac·u·lat·ed, mac·u·lat·ing, mac·u·lates
To spot, blemish, or pollute.
adj. (-lĭt)
1. Spotted, blotched, or stained.
2. Morally sullied or impure.

[Middle English maculaten, from Latin maculāre, maculāt-, from macula, spot.]


(tr) to spot, stain, or pollute
spotted or polluted
[C15: from Latin maculāre to stain]


(ˈmæk yə lɪt)

1. spotted; stained.
2. defiled; impure.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin maculātus, past participle of maculāre to spot, stain]


Past participle: maculated
Gerund: maculating

I maculate
you maculate
he/she/it maculates
we maculate
you maculate
they maculate
I maculated
you maculated
he/she/it maculated
we maculated
you maculated
they maculated
Present Continuous
I am maculating
you are maculating
he/she/it is maculating
we are maculating
you are maculating
they are maculating
Present Perfect
I have maculated
you have maculated
he/she/it has maculated
we have maculated
you have maculated
they have maculated
Past Continuous
I was maculating
you were maculating
he/she/it was maculating
we were maculating
you were maculating
they were maculating
Past Perfect
I had maculated
you had maculated
he/she/it had maculated
we had maculated
you had maculated
they had maculated
I will maculate
you will maculate
he/she/it will maculate
we will maculate
you will maculate
they will maculate
Future Perfect
I will have maculated
you will have maculated
he/she/it will have maculated
we will have maculated
you will have maculated
they will have maculated
Future Continuous
I will be maculating
you will be maculating
he/she/it will be maculating
we will be maculating
you will be maculating
they will be maculating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been maculating
you have been maculating
he/she/it has been maculating
we have been maculating
you have been maculating
they have been maculating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been maculating
you will have been maculating
he/she/it will have been maculating
we will have been maculating
you will have been maculating
they will have been maculating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been maculating
you had been maculating
he/she/it had been maculating
we had been maculating
you had been maculating
they had been maculating
I would maculate
you would maculate
he/she/it would maculate
we would maculate
you would maculate
they would maculate
Past Conditional
I would have maculated
you would have maculated
he/she/it would have maculated
we would have maculated
you would have maculated
they would have maculated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.maculate - make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically; "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"
blob, fleck, blot, spot - make a spot or mark onto; "The wine spotted the tablecloth"
darken - tarnish or stain; "a scandal that darkened the family's good name"
2.maculate - spot, stain, or pollutemaculate - spot, stain, or pollute; "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"
attaint, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, shame - bring shame or dishonor upon; "he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"
Adj.1.maculate - morally blemished; stained or impure
impure - (used of persons or behaviors) immoral or obscene; "impure thoughts"
2.maculate - spotted or blotched
dirty, soiled, unclean - soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime; "dirty unswept sidewalks"; "a child in dirty overalls"; "dirty slums"; "piles of dirty dishes"; "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet"; "wore an unclean shirt"; "mining is a dirty job"; "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves"


, maculate
a. macular, rel. a una mácula.
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Total number of pollen grains of the three Apiaceae species recovered in adults and fourth instar larvae of Coleomegilla maculate, in two exposure times to the flowers of these species in laboratory conditions (25 [+ or -] 1 [degrees]C, 70 [+ or -] 10% RH and photophase of 12 hours).
Performance of ticks fed on rabbits inoculated with extracts derived from homogenized ticks Amblyomma maculate Koch (Acarina: Ixodidae).
The influence of rhythmically fluctuating temperatures on the development and reproduction of the spotted alfalfa aphid, Therioaphis maculate.
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