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verb (used with object), in·gur·gi·tat·ed, in·gur·gi·tat·ing.
  1. to swallow greedily or in great quantity, as food.
  2. to engulf; swallow up: The floodwaters ingurgitated trees and houses.
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verb (used without object), in·gur·gi·tat·ed, in·gur·gi·tat·ing.
  1. to drink or eat greedily; guzzle; swill.
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Origin of ingurgitate

1560–70; < Latin ingurgitātus past participle of ingurgitāre to fill, flood, drench with a stream of liquid, equivalent to in- in-2 + gurgit- (stem of gurges) whirlpool, flood + -ātus -ate1
Related formsin·gur·gi·ta·tion, noun
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Related Words for ingurgitate

consume, imbibe, dispatch, down, guzzle, belt, engorge, inhale, slop, dispose, quaff, slosh, swig, devour, bolt, swill, drop, englut, pour, stuff

British Dictionary definitions for ingurgitate


  1. to swallow (food) with greed or in excess; gorge
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Derived Formsingurgitation, noun

Word Origin for ingurgitate

C16: from Latin ingurgitāre to flood, from in- ² + gurges abyss
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