[ heb-i-teyt ]
/ ˈhɛb ɪˌteɪt /

verb (used with object), heb·e·tat·ed, heb·e·tat·ing.

to make dull or blunt.


Origin of hebetate

1565–75; < Latin hebetātus made dull or blunt (past participle of hebetāre), equivalent to hebet- (stem of hebes) blunt, dull + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

heb·e·ta·tion, nounheb·e·ta·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hebetate


/ (ˈhɛbɪˌteɪt) /


(of plant parts) having a blunt or soft point


rare to make or become blunted

Derived Forms

hebetation, nounhebetative, adjective

Word Origin for hebetate

C16: from Latin hebetāre to make blunt, from hebes blunt
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