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verb (used with or without object), en·gorged, en·gorg·ing.
  1. to swallow greedily; glut or gorge.
  2. Pathology. to congest with blood.

Origin of engorge

From the Middle French word engorger, dating back to 1505–15. See en-1, gorge1
Related formsen·gorge·ment, noun
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verb (tr)
  1. pathol to congest with blood
  2. to eat (food) ravenously or greedily
  3. to gorge (oneself); glut; satiate
Derived Formsengorgement, noun
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Word Origin and History for engorgement

1610s, from engorge + -ment.



1510s, from French engorger "to obstruct, block, congest," Old French engorgier "to swallow, devour," from en- (see en- (1)) + gorge "throat" (see gorge (n.)). Probably originally in reference to hawks. Related: Engorged; engorging.

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engorgement in Medicine


  1. To fill to excess, as with blood or other fluid.
Related formsen•gorgement n.
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