Definition of sublimate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

sublimate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈsʌblɪmeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌblɪmeɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sublimate
BrE BrE//ˈsʌblɪmeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌblɪmeɪt//
 
he / she / it sublimates
BrE BrE//ˈsʌblɪmeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌblɪmeɪts//
 
past simple sublimated
BrE BrE//ˈsʌblɪmeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌblɪmeɪtɪd//
 
past participle sublimated
BrE BrE//ˈsʌblɪmeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌblɪmeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form sublimating
BrE BrE//ˈsʌblɪmeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌblɪmeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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sublimate something (psychology) to direct your energy, especially sexual energy, to socially acceptable activities such as work, exercise, art, etc. synonym channel Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘raise to a higher status’): from Latin sublimat- ‘raised up’, from the verb sublimare.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sublimate