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[en-gawrj] /ɛnˈgɔrdʒ/
verb (used with or without object), engorged, engorging.
to swallow greedily; glut or gorge.
Pathology. to congest with blood.
Origin of engorge
From the Middle French word engorger, dating back to 1505-15. See en-1, gorge1
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engorgement, noun Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
(pathol) to congest with blood
to eat (food) ravenously or greedily
to gorge (oneself); glut; satiate
Derived Forms
engorgement, noun
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Word Origin and History for engorge

1510s, from French engorger "to obstruct, block, congest," Old French engorgier "to swallow, devour," from en- (see en- (1)) + gorge "throat" (see gorge (n.)). Probably originally in reference to hawks. Related: Engorged; engorging.

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engorge in Medicine

engorge en·gorge (ěn-gôrj')
v. en·gorged, en·gorg·ing, en·gorg·es
To fill to excess, as with blood or other fluid.

en·gorge'ment n.
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