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masturbate

[mas-ter-beyt]
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verb (used without object), mas·tur·bat·ed, mas·tur·bat·ing.
  1. to engage in masturbation.
verb (used with object), mas·tur·bat·ed, mas·tur·bat·ing.
  1. to practice masturbation upon.

Origin of masturbate

1855–60; < Latin masturbātus, past participle of masturbārī to engage in masturbation
Related formsmas·tur·ba·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for masturbate

masturbate

verb
  1. to stimulate the genital organs of (oneself or another) to achieve sexual pleasure
Derived Formsmasturbation, nounmasturbator, noun

Word Origin

C19: from Latin masturbārī, of unknown origin; formerly thought to be derived from manus hand + stuprāre to defile
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Word Origin and History for masturbate

v.

1839, back-formation from masturbation, or else from Latin masturbatus, past participle of masturbari. Related: Masturbated; masturbating.

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masturbate in Medicine

masturbate

(măstər-bāt′)
v.
  1. To perform an act of masturbation.
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