- 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.
- a castrated person or animal.
Origin of castrate
1605–15; < Latin castrātus past participle of castrāre to geld, equivalent to castr- geld + -ātus -ate1
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- 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)
Word Origin for castrate
C17: from Latin castrāre to emasculate, geld
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To remove the testicles of a male; emasculate.
- To remove the ovaries of a female; spay.
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