adul·ter·ate /əˈdəltəˌret/ 及物動詞
A·dul·ter·ate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adulterated p. pr. & vb. n. Adulterating ]
1. To defile by adultery. [Obs.]
2. To corrupt, debase, or make impure by an admixture of a foreign or a baser substance; as, to adulterate food, drink, drugs, coin, etc.
The present war has . . . adulterated our tongue with strange words. --Spectator.
Syn: -- To corrupt; defile; debase; contaminate; vitiate; sophisticate.
A·dul·ter·ate, v. i. To commit adultery. [Obs.]
1. Tainted with adultery.
2. Debased by the admixture of a foreign substance; adulterated; spurious.
-- A*dul*ter*ate*ly, adv. -- A*dul*ter*ate*ness, n.
adj : mixed with impurities [syn: adulterated, debased]
v : corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or
inferior substance; often by replacing valuable
ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor" [syn:
stretch, dilute, debase]