Definition of sublimate
- 1 [with object] (especially in psychoanalytic theory) divert or modify (an instinctual impulse) into a culturally higher or socially more acceptable activity:people who will sublimate sexuality into activities which help to build up and preserve civilization he sublimates his hurt and anger into humor
- 2 [no object] Chemistryanother term for sublime.
Pronunciation: /-ˌmit, -ˌmāt/
late Middle English (in the sense 'raise to a higher status'): from Latin sublimat- 'raised up', from the verb sublimare