copulate [ verb kop-y uh-leyt; adjective kop-y uh-lit] 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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
British Dictionary definitions for copulate verb (intr) to perform sexual intercourse Derived Forms copulation, noun copulatory, adjective Word Origin for copulate
C17: from Latin
copulāre to join together; see copula
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
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
v. To engage in coitus or sexual intercourse.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.