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 formsheb·e·ta·tion, nounheb·e·ta·tive, adjective
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Related Words for hebetate

benumb, daze, deaden, dim, numb, stupefy

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(of plant parts) having a blunt or soft point


rare to make or become blunted
Derived Formshebetation, nounhebetative, adjective

Word Origin for hebetate

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