adulterate adulterate  /ə ˈdəl tə ˌreɪt/


  1. (v) corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
  2. (adj) mixed with impurities


  1. The plant managers willfully adulterated the product in order to meet the demand.
  2. The adulteration of milk with a synthetic liquid by unscrupulous people was a big scandal in the town.



  1. "Well . . . Edgar has been known to pop off, I'll say that," Desormeaux said. "He could do something purposely to help cause interference. He could try to adulterate my ride, create aggression in my horse. But I'll be aware of all of them,...
    on Jun 5, 2008 By: Kent Desormeaux Source: Newsday

  2. Toshack added: "And I feel now that it is all over for this World Cup, two points from five games is not good enough and Austria will think they can catch Poland and England. But we must not adulterate the competition, we must be professional for...
    on Mar 26, 2005 By: John Toshack Source:

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