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verb (used with object), ca·pac·i·tat·ed, ca·pac·i·tat·ing.
  1. to make capable; enable.
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Origin of capacitate

First recorded in 1645–55; capacit(y) + -ate1
Related formsca·pac·i·ta·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for capacitation


verb (tr)
  1. to make legally competent
  2. rare to make capable
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Derived Formscapacitation, noun
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Word Origin and History for capacitation



1650s, from Latin capacitas (see capacity) + -ate (2). Related: Capacitation.

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capacitation in Medicine


  1. The change undergone by spermatozoa in the female genital tract that enables them to penetrate and fertilize an egg.
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