- 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 vegetated
He doesn't know what it is to suffer, he has only vegetated!Stories of a Western Town
"Oh yes, she'll have got out of her hole—she won't have vegetated," Peter concurred.The Tragic Muse
He asked himself how he could alter the sad condition in which he vegetated!Serge Panine, Complete
Oases are vegetated areas moistened by springs, wells, or by irrigation.
After rainfall the vegetated areas are distinctly cooler than the surroundings.
- 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 vegetated
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