sophisticate

sophisticate
sophisticate [sə fis′tə kāt΄; ] for n., usually [, sə fis′təkit]
vt.
sophisticated, sophisticating [ME sophisticaten < ML sophisticatus, pp. of sophisticare < L sophisticus: see SOPHISTICAL]
1. to change from being natural, simple, artless, etc. to being artificial, worldly-wise, urbane, etc.
2. to bring to a more developed, complex, or refined form, technique, level, etc.
3. Now Rare to make impure by mixture or adulteration
4. Archaic to corrupt or mislead
vi.
Rare to use sophistical reasoning
n.
a sophisticated person

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  • Sophisticate — So*phis ti*cate, Sophisticated So*phis ti*ca ted, a. Adulterated; not pure; not genuine. [1913 Webster] So truth, while only one supplied the state, Grew scare and dear, and yet sophisticate. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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