- to surge or rush back, as liquids, gases, undigested food, etc.
- to cause to surge or rush back; vomit.
- to give back or repeat, especially something not fully understood or assimilated: to regurgitate the teacher's lectures on the exam.
Origin of regurgitate
Examples from the Web for regurgitate
I wished to regurgitate, to cast off this cold, frightening sensation.Cogito, Ergo Sum
John Foster West
The lacrymal sack can regurgitate its contents into the eye.Zoonomia, Vol. I
As they approached this capital, Renaldo's grief seemed to regurgitate with redoubled violence.The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom, Complete
And that Emerson and Horace Greeley were alike in their capacity to absorb, digest and regurgitate, is everywhere acknowledged.
We swallow and regurgitate over and over again our dissatisfaction, and are aptly said to chew the cud of bitterness.Explanation of Catholic Morals
John H. Stapleton
- to vomit forth (partially digested food)
- (of some birds and certain other animals) to bring back to the mouth (undigested or partly digested food with which to feed the young)
- (intr) to be cast up or out, esp from the mouth
- (intr) med (of blood) to flow backwards, in a direction opposite to the normal one, esp through a defective heart valve
Word Origin and History for regurgitate
1640s (intransitive), 1753 (transitive), back formation from regurgitation, or else from Medieval Latin regurgitatus, past participle of regurgitare. Meaning "to vomit" first attested 1753. Related: Regurgitated; regurgitating.
- To rush or surge back.
- To cause to pour back, especially to cast up partially digested food.