What does adulterate mean?

Definitions for adulterate
əˈdʌl təˌreɪt; -tər ɪt, -təˌreɪtadul·ter·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adulterate, adulterated, debased(verb)

    mixed with impurities

  2. load, adulterate, stretch, dilute, debase(verb)

    corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones

    "adulterate liquor"


  1. adulterate(Verb)

    To corrupt.

  2. adulterate(Verb)

    To spoil by adding impurities.

  3. adulterate(Adjective)

    Tending to commit adultery.

  4. adulterate(Adjective)

    Corrupted; impure; adulterated.

  5. Origin: Dated 16th Century ; modified from adulteration, likely with earlier origin in the past‐participle adulteratus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adulterate(verb)

    to defile by adultery

  2. Adulterate(verb)

    to corrupt, debase, or make impure by an admixture of a foreign or a baser substance; as, to adulterate food, drink, drugs, coin, etc

  3. Adulterate(verb)

    to commit adultery

  4. Adulterate(adj)

    tainted with adultery

  5. Adulterate(adj)

    debased by the admixture of a foreign substance; adulterated; spurious

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adulterate

    ad-ult′ėr-āt, v.t. to corrupt: to make impure (by mixing).—v.i. (obs.) to commit adultery.—adj. defiled by adultery: spurious: corrupted by base elements.—ns. Adult′erant, the person or substance that adulterates; Adulterā′tion, the act of adulterating: the state of being adulterated. [See Adultery.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adulterate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adulterate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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