[ ri-gur-ji-teyt ]
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verb (used without object),re·gur·gi·tat·ed, re·gur·gi·tat·ing.
  1. to surge or rush back, as liquids, gases, undigested food, etc.

verb (used with object),re·gur·gi·tat·ed, re·gur·gi·tat·ing.
  1. to cause to surge or rush back; vomit.

  2. to give back or repeat, especially something not fully understood or assimilated: to regurgitate the teacher's lectures on the exam.

Origin of regurgitate

1645–55; <Medieval Latin regurgitātus (past participle of regurgitāre), equivalent to re-re- + gurgit-, stem of gurges whirlpool, flood, stream + -ātus-ate1

Other words from regurgitate

  • re·gur·gi·tant [ri-gur-ji-tuhnt], /rɪˈgɜr dʒɪ tənt/, noun
  • un·re·gur·gi·tat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use regurgitate in a sentence

  • The child will rapidly gulp down air which distends the stomach, and is then regurgitated with a loud sound.

    The Nervous Child | Hector Charles Cameron
  • The food in this case is not swallowed, nor does it pass any point from which it can be regurgitated.

    Fletcherism | Horace Fletcher
  • Under certain conditions this acid content of the stomach is regurgitated back into the throat and even belched up into the mouth.

    The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
  • When the obstruction is incomplete, fluids may pass into the stomach while solids are regurgitated.

British Dictionary definitions for regurgitate


/ (rɪˈɡɜːdʒɪˌteɪt) /

  1. to vomit forth (partially digested food)

  2. (of some birds and certain other animals) to bring back to the mouth (undigested or partly digested food with which to feed the young)

  1. (intr) to be cast up or out, esp from the mouth

  2. (intr) med (of blood) to flow backwards, in a direction opposite to the normal one, esp through a defective heart valve

Origin of regurgitate

C17: from Medieval Latin regurgitāre, from re- + gurgitāre to flood, from Latin gurges gulf, whirlpool

Derived forms of regurgitate

  • regurgitant, noun, adjective
  • regurgitation, noun

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