C16: from Latin sublīmāre to elevate, from sublīmis lofty; see sublime
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Word forms: sublimates, sublimating, sublimated
If you sublimate a strong desire or feeling, you express it in a way that is socially acceptable. [technical, formal] [V n] ⇒ He could try to sublimate the problem by writing, in detail, about it. [beV-ed into n] ⇒ The erotic impulse is sublimated into art.
sublimation (sʌblɪmeɪʃən)uncountable noun ⇒ In the play, talk is the sublimation of erotic attraction. ⇒ ...sublimation of the sexual drive.
`Ambition, greed, politics, religion - an owl can sublimate the urge in the pursuit of many different things.Hocke, Martin THE ANCIENT AND SOLITARY REIGNShe'd just have to sublimate the urge, turn it back into the building.Laurie R. King FOLLY