copulate [ verb kop-y uh-leyt; adjective kop-y uh-lit] Word Origin See more synonyms for copulate on Thesaurus.com verb (used without object), cop·u·lat·ed, cop·u·lat·ing. to engage in sexual intercourse. Origin of copulate 1375–1425; late Middle English
bound together. See
-ate 1 Related forms cop·u·la·to·ry , [ kop-y uh-l uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈkɒp yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for copulate (intr) to perform sexual intercourse Derived Forms copulation, noun copulatory, adjective Word Origin for copulate
C17: from Latin
copulāre to join together; see copula
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Word Origin and History for copulate v.
early 15c., "to join," from Latin
copulatus, past participle of copulare "join together, couple, bind, link, unite," from copula "band, tie, link," from PIE *ko-ap-, from *ko(m)- "together" + *ap- "to take, reach." Sexual sense attested from 1630s. Related: Copulated; copulating.
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To engage in coitus or sexual intercourse.
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