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Adulterate (to corrupt or make impure) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the adjective adulterate

What does adulterate mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. mixed with impurities

Alternative definition of the adjective adulterate


  1. Tending to commit adultery.
  2. Corrupted; impure; adulterated.

Definition of the verb adulterate

What does adulterate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: adulterated | adulterating | adulterates

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

Alternative definition of the verb adulterate


  1. To corrupt.
  2. To spoil by adding impurities.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for adulterate

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Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

— Common pot-ashes, bought of them that sell it in (hops, who are not so foolishly knavish as to adulterate them with salt-petfe, which is much dearer than potashes . Boyle.

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1890)

by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland

In some States the statutes require that persons trafficking in intoxicating liquors shall not only procure a license, but shall take an oath,7 and give a bond,8 not to adulterate the liquors sold. 1. Boone v. State, 10 Tex. App. 418; selling liquor; the ...

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of the English Language, Both with Regard to Sound and Meaning (1790)

by Thomas Sheridan

To ADULTERATE, a-dul'-te-rate. v. a. To commit adultery ; to corrupt by some foreign admixture. ADULTERATE, adulterate. a. Tainted with the guilt ofadultery; corrupted with some foreign admixture. ADTJLTERATENESS, a-dul"-te- rate- nese'.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Pleading and Practice, at Common Law, in Equity, and Under the Various Codes and Practice Acts (1904)

by William Henry Michael, William Mack, Howard Pervear Nash, Thomas Edward O'Brien, James Cockcroft

unlawfully and fraudulently did adulterate, for the purpose of sale, a certain quantity of bread (or other substance, as the case may be), intended for food, with a certain poisonous substance, to wit, (specifying ...

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of the English Language, Both with Regard to Sound and Meaning ... To which is Prefixed a Prosodial Grammar ... The Second Edition ... Enlarged (1790)

by Thomas SHERIDAN (M.A., Teacher of Elocution.)

To ADULTERATE, Acids-&afile. v. a. To commit adultery; to corrupt by some foreizn admixture. ADULTERATE, al-dul'-te-thte. a. Tainted with the guilt of adultery, corrupted with some foreign admixture. ADULTERATENESS, d-ddl"-te- rdteness'.

Google previewAn Elementary Dictionary, Or, Cyclopaediae, for the Use of Maltsters, Brewers, Distillers, Rectifiers, Vinegar Manufacturers, and Others (1838)

by George Adolphus Wigney

Adulterate. For single brewings one copper is quite sufficient, the under back and cooling backs may advantageously be dispensed with, and the fermenting tuns are not absolutely necessary, yet are they convenient. In dispensing with the ...

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Scrabble value of A1D2U1L1T1E1R1A1T1E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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