verb (used with object), ca·pac·i·tat·ed, ca·pac·i·tat·ing.

to make capable; enable.

Origin of capacitate

First recorded in 1645–55; capacit(y) + -ate1
Related formsca·pac·i·ta·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for capacitation


verb (tr)

to make legally competent
rare to make capable
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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Medicine definitions for capacitation




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