castrate

[ kas-treyt ]
/ ˈkæs treɪt /

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

1605–15; < Latin castrātus past participle of castrāre to geld, equivalent to castr- geld + -ātus -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM castrate

cas·tra·tion, nouncas·tra·tor, nounun·cas·trat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for castration

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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Medical definitions for castration (1 of 2)

castration
[ kă-strāshən ]

n.

Removal of the testicles or ovaries; sterilization.
A psychological disorder that is manifested in the female as the fantasized loss of the penis or in the male as fear of its actual loss.

Medical definitions for castration (2 of 2)

castrate
[ kăstrāt′ ]

v.

To remove the testicles of a male; emasculate.
To remove the ovaries of a female; spay.
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