[ verb kop-yuh-leyt; adjective kop-yuh-lit ]
/ verb ˈkɒp yəˌleɪt; adjective ˈkɒp yə lɪt /

verb (used without object), cop·u·lat·ed, cop·u·lat·ing.

to engage in sexual intercourse.


connected; joined.

Origin of copulate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin cōpulātus bound together. See copula, -ate1
Related formscop·u·la·to·ry [kop-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈkɒp yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for copulate


/ (ˈkɒpjʊˌleɪt) /


(intr) to perform sexual intercourse

Derived Formscopulation, nouncopulatory, adjective

Word Origin for copulate

C17: from Latin copulāre to join together; see copula
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Medicine definitions for copulate


[ kŏpyə-lāt′ ]


To engage in coitus or sexual intercourse.

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