so·phis·ti·cate • v. / səˈfistəˌkāt/ [tr.] cause (a person or their thoughts, attitudes, and expectations) to become less simple or straightforward through education or experience: readers who have been sophisticated by modern literary practice. ∎ develop (something such as a piece of equipment or a technique) into a more complex form: functions that other software applications have sophisticated. ∎ [intr.] archaic talk or reason in an impressively complex and educated manner. ∎ archaic mislead or corrupt (a person, an argument, the mind, etc.) by sophistry: books of casuistry, which sophisticate the understanding and defile the heart.• adj. / səˈfistəˌkāt; -kit/ archaic sophisticated.• n. / səˈfistəˌkāt; -kit/ a person with much worldly experience and knowledge of fashion and culture: he is still the butt of jokes made by New York sophisticates.DERIVATIVES: so·phis·ti·ca·tion / səˌfistiˈkāshən/ n.