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defecate

[ def-i-keyt ]
/ 藞d蓻f 瑟藢ke瑟t /
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verb (used without object), def路e路cat路ed, def路e路cat路ing.
to void excrement from the bowels through the anus; have a bowel movement.
to become clear of dregs, impurities, etc.
verb (used with object), def路e路cat路ed, def路e路cat路ing.
to clear of dregs, impurities, etc.; purify; refine.
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Origin of defecate

First recorded in 1565鈥75; from Latin d膿faec膩tus (past participle of d膿faec膩re 鈥渢o cleanse, refine鈥), equivalent to d膿- de- + faec- (stem of faex 鈥渄regs, sediment鈥) + -膩tus -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM defecate

def路e路ca路tion [def-i-key-shuhn] /藢d蓻f 瑟藞ke瑟 蕛蓹n/ noun
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British Dictionary definitions for defecate

defecate

defaecate

/ (藞d蓻f瑟藢ke瑟t) /

verb
(intr) to discharge waste from the body through the anus
(tr) to clarify or remove impurities from (a solution, esp of sugar)

Derived forms of defecate

defecation or defaecation, noundefecator or defaecator, noun

Word Origin for defecate

C16: from Latin d膿faec膩re to cleanse from dregs, from de- + faex sediment, dregs
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Medical definitions for defecate

defecate
[ d臅f沫-k膩t鈥 ]

v.
To void feces from the bowels.

Other words from defecate

def鈥瞖鈥ation n.
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