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vegetate

[vej-i-teyt]
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verb (used without object), veg·e·tat·ed, veg·e·tat·ing.
  1. to grow in, or as in, the manner of a plant.
  2. to be passive or unthinking; to do nothing: to lie on the beach and vegetate.
  3. Pathology. to grow, or increase by growth, as an excrescence.

Origin of vegetate

1595–1605; < Latin vegetātus (past participle of vegetāre to quicken, enliven), equivalent to veget(us) lively (orig. past participle of vegēre to give vigor) + -ātus -ate1
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Examples from the Web for vegetate

Historical Examples

  • They vegetate in this condition for a long time, and may still be found there in May.

    The Industries of Animals

    Frdric Houssay

  • For forty-two months that child was content to sit on his fanny and vegetate.

    The Short Life

    Francis Donovan

  • Humanity is content to vegetate, much after the fashion of a race of moles.

    Astronomy for Amateurs

    Camille Flammarion

  • How I wish you had let us remain & vegetate in our own little Island.

  • You seem to think that, because I live in the country, I vegetate.

    Dodo Wonders

    E. F. Benson


British Dictionary definitions for vegetate

vegetate

verb (intr)
  1. to grow like a plant; sprout
  2. to lead a life characterized by monotony, passivity, or mental inactivity
  3. pathol (of a wart, polyp, etc) to develop fleshy outgrowths

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin vegetāre to invigorate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for vegetate

v.

c.1600, "to grow as plants do," perhaps a back-formation from vegetation, or from Latin vegetatus, past participle of vegetare "to enliven, to animate" (see vegetable (adj.)). Sense of "to lead a dull, empty, or stagnant life" is from 1740. Related: Vegetated; vegetating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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