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    • UK Pronunciation
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    • [verb uh-duhl-tuh-reyt; adjective uh-duhl-ter-it, -tuh-reyt]
    • /verb əˈdʌl təˌreɪt; adjective əˈdʌl tər ɪt, -təˌreɪt/
    • /əˈdʌl.tə.reɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [verb uh-duhl-tuh-reyt; adjective uh-duhl-ter-it, -tuh-reyt]
    • /verb əˈdʌl təˌreɪt; adjective əˈdʌl tər ɪt, -təˌreɪt/

Definitions of adulterate word

  • verb adulterate If something such as food or drink is adulterated, someone has made its quality worse by adding water or cheaper products to it. 3
  • verb adulterate to debase by adding inferior material 3
  • adjective adulterate adulterated; debased or impure 3
  • verb transitive adulterate to make inferior, impure, not genuine, etc. by adding a harmful, less valuable, or prohibited substance 3
  • adjective adulterate guilty of adultery; adulterous 3
  • adjective adulterate adulterated; not genuine 3

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Origin of adulterate

First appearance:

before 1580
One of the 35% oldest English words
1580-90; < Latin adulterātus mixed, adulterated (past participle of adulterāre), equivalent to ad- ad- + -ulter (perhaps combining form of alter other; see alter) + -ātus -ate1

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Parts of speech for Adulterate


adulterate popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 69% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for adulterate

verb adulterate

  • contaminate — If something is contaminated by dirt, chemicals, or radiation, they make it dirty or harmful.
  • shave — to remove a growth of beard with a razor.
  • defile — To defile something that people think is important or holy means to do something to it or say something about it which is offensive.
  • dilute — to make (a liquid) thinner or weaker by the addition of water or the like.
  • mingle — to become mixed, blended, or united.

Antonyms for adulterate

verb adulterate

  • clean — Something that is clean is free from dirt or unwanted marks.
  • honor — honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions: a man of honor.
  • purify — to make pure; free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates, or contaminates: to purify metals.
  • thicken — make thicker
  • cleanse — To cleanse a place, person, or organization of something dirty, unpleasant, or evil means to make them free from it.

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