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[kas-treyt] /ˈkæs treɪt/
verb (used with object), castrated, castrating.
to remove the testes of; emasculate; geld.
to remove the ovaries of.
Psychology. to render impotent, literally or metaphorically, by psychological means, especially by threatening a person's masculinity or femininity.
to deprive of strength, power, or efficiency; weaken:
Without those ten new submarines, our navy will be castrated.
a castrated person or animal.
Origin of castrate
1605-15; < Latin castrātus past participle of castrāre to geld, equivalent to castr- geld + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
castration, noun
castrator, noun
uncastrated, adjective Unabridged
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  • Pigs are castrated at all ages, from a fortnight to three, six and eight weeks, and even four months old.

    Sheep, Swine, and Poultry Robert Jennings
  • Before the kids are allowed to go out with the flock the males should be castrated.

  • As the bulls became old and developed signs of viciousness, they were castrated, younger animals being used for breeding.

    Fur Farming A. R. Harding
  • But in Bontoc the boar not intended for breeding is castrated.

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • What, then, do they say is signified by the castrated Atys himself, and whatever remained to him after his castration?

    The City of God, Volume I Aurelius Augustine
  • It is there said that the castrated males also cast their horns, but rarely before they are nine years old.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
British Dictionary definitions for castrated


verb (transitive)
to remove the testicles of; emasculate; geld
to deprive of vigour, masculinity, etc
to remove the ovaries of; spay
to expurgate or censor (a book, play, etc)
Derived Forms
castration, noun
castrator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin castrāre to emasculate, geld
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Word Origin and History for castrated



1610s (implied in castrated), back-formation from castration (q.v.), or from Latin castratus, past participle of castrare. The figurative sense is attested earlier (1550s). Related: Castrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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castrated in Medicine

castrate cas·trate (kās'trāt')
v. cas·trat·ed, cas·trat·ing, cas·trates

  1. To remove the testicles of a male; emasculate.

  2. To remove the ovaries of a female; spay.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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