verb (used without object), cop·u·lat·ed, cop·u·lat·ing.
- coptic church,
- copulative asyndeton,
Origin of copulate
Word Origin for copulate
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.