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castrate

[ kas-treyt ]
/ ˈkæs treɪt /
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Definition of castrate

verb (used with object), cas·trat·ed, cas·trat·ing.
to remove the testes of; emasculate; geld.
to remove the ovaries of.
Psychology. to render impotent, literally or metaphorically, by psychological means, especially by threatening a person's masculinity or femininity.
to deprive of strength, power, or efficiency; weaken: Without those ten new submarines, our navy will be castrated.
noun
a castrated person or animal.
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Origin of castrate

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin castrātus, past participle of castrāre “to geld,” equivalent to castr- “geld” + -ātus past participle suffix; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM castrate

cas·tra·tion [kas-trey-shuhn], /ˌkæsˈtreɪ ʃən/, nouncas·tra·tor, noun
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How to use castrate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for castrate

castrate
/ (kæˈstreɪt) /

verb (tr)
to remove the testicles of; emasculate; geld
to deprive of vigour, masculinity, etc
to remove the ovaries of; spay
to expurgate or censor (a book, play, etc)

Derived forms of castrate

castration, nouncastrator, noun

Word Origin for castrate

C17: from Latin castrāre to emasculate, geld
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