- to grow in, or as in, the manner of a plant.
- to be passive or unthinking; to do nothing: to lie on the beach and vegetate.
- Pathology. to grow, or increase by growth, as an excrescence.
Origin of vegetate
Related Words for vegetateloaf, hibernate, decay, weaken, idle, exist, deteriorate, stagnate, languish, shoot, blossom, spring, swell, burgeon, germinate, bloom, bud
Examples from the Web for vegetate
Historical Examples of vegetate
They vegetate in this condition for a long time, and may still be found there in May.The Industries of Animals
For forty-two months that child was content to sit on his fanny and vegetate.The Short Life
Humanity is content to vegetate, much after the fashion of a race of moles.Astronomy for Amateurs
How I wish you had let us remain & vegetate in our own little Island.
You seem to think that, because I live in the country, I vegetate.Dodo Wonders
E. F. Benson
- to grow like a plant; sprout
- to lead a life characterized by monotony, passivity, or mental inactivity
- pathol (of a wart, polyp, etc) to develop fleshy outgrowths