—v.t. 1. Psychol.to divert the energy of (a sexual or other biological impulse) from its immediate goal to one of a more acceptable social, moral, or aesthetic nature or use.
2. Chem. a. to sublime (a solid substance); extract by this process.
b. to refine or purify (a substance).
3. to make nobler or purer: To read about great men sublimates ambition.
—v.i. to become sublimated; undergo sublimation.
—n. Chem.the crystals, deposit, or material obtained when a substance is sublimated.