|1.||psychol to direct the energy of (a primitive impulse, esp a sexual one) into activities that are considered to be socially more acceptable|
|2.||(tr) to make purer; refine|
|3.||chem the material obtained when a substance is sublimed|
|4.||exalted or purified|
|[C16: from Latin sublīmāre to elevate, from sublīmis lofty; see |
sublimate sub·li·mate (sŭb'lə-māt')
v. sub·li·mat·ed, sub·li·mat·ing, sub·li·mates
To transform directly from the solid to the gaseous state or from the gaseous to the solid state without becoming a liquid.
To modify the natural expression of an instinctual impulse, especially a sexual one, in a socially acceptable manner.