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v. so·phis·ti·cat·ed, so·phis·ti·cat·ing, so·phis·ti·cates
1. To cause to become less natural, especially to make less naive and more worldly: Travel tends to sophisticate a person.
2. To make more complex or refined: sophisticated the theory to take criticism into account.
a. To mislead or corrupt (a person).
b. To make impure; adulterate.
To use sophistry.
A sophisticated person.
[Middle English sophisticaten, to adulterate, from Medieval Latin sophisticāre, sophisticāt-, from Latin sophisticus, sophistic, from Greek sophistikos, from sophistēs, sophist; see sophist.]
1. (tr) to make (someone) less natural or innocent, as by education
2. to pervert or corrupt (an argument, etc) by sophistry
3. (tr) to make more complex or refined
4. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) rare to falsify (a text, etc) by alterations
a sophisticated person
[C14: from Medieval Latin sophisticāre, from Latin sophisticus sophistic]
so•phis•ti•cate(n., səˈfɪs tɪ kɪt, -ˌkeɪt; v. -ˌkeɪt)
n., v. -cat•ed, -cat•ing. n.
1. a sophisticated person.v.t.
2. to make less natural, simple, or ingenuous; make worldly-wise.
3. to alter; pervert: to sophisticate a meaning beyond recognition.
[1350–1400; Middle English (adj. and v.) < Medieval Latin sophisticātus, past participle of sophisticāre to trick with words]
Past participle: sophisticated
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|Noun||1.||sophisticate - a worldly-wise person |
slicker - a person with good manners and stylish clothing
|Verb||1.||sophisticate - make less natural or innocent; "Their manners had sophisticated the young girls"|
|2.||sophisticate - practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive; "Don't twist my words"|
|3.||sophisticate - alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive; "Sophisticate rose water with geraniol"|
|4.||sophisticate - make more complex or refined; "a sophisticated design"|