castrate

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

Origin of castrate

1605–15; < Latin castrātus past participle of castrāre to geld, equivalent to castr- geld + -ātus -ate1
Related formscas·tra·tion, nouncas·tra·tor, nounun·cas·trat·ed, adjective
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Related Words for castrated

emasculate, altered, fixed, unmanned, effeminate, impotent

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British Dictionary definitions for castrated

castrate

verb (tr)
  1. to remove the testicles of; emasculate; geld
  2. to deprive of vigour, masculinity, etc
  3. to remove the ovaries of; spay
  4. to expurgate or censor (a book, play, etc)
Derived Formscastration, nouncastrator, noun

Word Origin for castrate

C17: from Latin castrāre to emasculate, geld
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Word Origin and History for castrated

castrate

v.

1610s (implied in castrated), back-formation from castration (q.v.), or from Latin castratus, past participle of castrare. The figurative sense is attested earlier (1550s). Related: Castrating.

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castrated in Medicine

castrate

[kăstrāt′]
v.
  1. To remove the testicles of a male; emasculate.
  2. To remove the ovaries of a female; spay.
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