Verb adulterate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


adulterate (third-person singular simple present adulterates, present participle adulterating, simple past and past participle adulterated)

  1. To corrupt.
  2. To spoil by adding impurities.
  3. To commit adultery.
  4. To defile by adultery.

More definition: debase or make impure by adding inferior materials or elements; use cheaper, inferior, or less desirable goods in the production of (any professedly genuine article), to adulterate food.

2.impure or debased; cheapened in quality or purity.


1. (transitive) to debase by adding inferior material, to adulterate milk with water adjective (əˈdʌltərɪt; -ˌreɪt)

2. adulterated; debased or impure

3. a less common word for adulterous Derived Formsadulteration, nounadulterator, noun Word OriginC16, from Latin adulterāre to corrupt, commit adultery, probably from alter another, hence to approach another, commit adulteryCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1530s, back-formation from adulteration, or else from Latin adulteratus, past participle of adulterare "to falsify, corrupt," also "to commit adultery." Earlier verb was adulter (late 14c.). Related, Adulterated; adulterating.


They are much used to adulterate those of Oporto, or, after undergoing the blending operation termed compage, are passed off as Bordeaux wines in France.

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