- to grow in, or as in, the manner of a plant.
- to be passive or unthinking; to do nothing: to lie on the beach and vegetate.
- 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
They vegetate in this condition for a long time, and may still be found there in May.The Industries of Animals
For forty-two months that child was content to sit on his fanny and vegetate.The Short Life
Humanity is content to vegetate, much after the fashion of a race of moles.Astronomy for Amateurs
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
- to grow like a plant; sprout
- to lead a life characterized by monotony, passivity, or mental inactivity
- pathol (of a wart, polyp, etc) to develop fleshy outgrowths
C17: from Late Latin vegetāre to invigorate
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Word Origin and History for vegetate
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