[ heb-i-teyt ]
/ ˈhɛb ɪˌteɪt /
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verb (used with object), heb·e·tat·ed, heb·e·tat·ing.
to make dull or blunt.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM hebetateheb·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 of hebetatehebetation, nounhebetative, adjective
Word Origin for hebetate
C16: from Latin hebetāre to make blunt, from hebes blunt
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