[ kas-treyt ]
/ ˈkæs treɪt /
verb (used with object), cas·trat·ed, cas·trat·ing.
to remove the ovaries of.
Psychology. to render impotent, literally or metaphorically, by psychological means, especially by threatening a person's masculinity or femininity.
to deprive of strength, power, or efficiency; weaken: Without those ten new submarines, our navy will be castrated.
a castrated person or animal.
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Origin of castrate
First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin castrātus, past participle of castrāre “to geld,” equivalent to castr- “geld” + -ātus past participle suffix; see -ate1
OTHER WORDS FROM castratecas·tra·tion, nouncas·tra·tor, nounun·cas·trat·ed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for castrate
They are still curious in their editions, and are not parsimonious in their price for what they call an uncastrated copy.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)|Isaac D'Israeli
British Dictionary definitions for castrate
/ (kæˈstreɪt) /
to remove the testicles of; emasculate; geld
to deprive of vigour, masculinity, etc
to remove the ovaries of; spay
to expurgate or censor (a book, play, etc)
Derived forms of castratecastration, nouncastrator, noun
Word Origin for castrate
C17: from Latin castrāre to emasculate, geld
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Medical definitions for castrate
[ kăs′trāt′ ]
To remove the testicles of a male; emasculate.
To remove the ovaries of a female; spay.
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