[ri-sid-uh-veyt, ree-]

verb (used without object), re·cid·i·vat·ed, re·cid·i·vat·ing.

to engage in recidivism; relapse.

Nearby words

  1. rechar,
  2. recharge,
  3. rechargeable,
  4. recherche,
  5. recherché,
  6. recidivism,
  7. recidivist,
  8. recife,
  9. recip.,
  10. recipe

Origin of recidivate

1520–30; < Medieval Latin recidivātus past participle of recidivāre to relapse. See recidivism, -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for recidivate



"fall back; relapse," 1520s, from Medieval Latin recidivatus, past participle of recidivare "to relapse" (see recidivist). Related: Recidivated; recidivating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper