vegetate

[ vej-i-teyt ]
/ ˈvɛdʒ ɪˌteɪt /

verb (used without object), veg·e·tat·ed, veg·e·tat·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. vegetably,
  2. vegetal,
  3. vegetal pole,
  4. vegetarian,
  5. vegetarianism,
  6. vegetated,
  7. vegetation,
  8. vegetative,
  9. vegetative bacteriophage,
  10. vegetative endocarditis

Origin of vegetate

1595–1605; < Latin vegetātus (past participle of vegetāre to quicken, enliven), equivalent to veget(us) lively (orig. past participle of vegēre to give vigor) + -ātus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for vegetate

vegetate

/ (ˈvɛdʒɪˌteɪt) /

verb (intr)

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

Word Origin for vegetate

C17: from Late Latin vegetāre to invigorate

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Word Origin and History for vegetate

vegetate

v.

c.1600, "to grow as plants do," perhaps a back-formation from vegetation, or from Latin vegetatus, past participle of vegetare "to enliven, to animate" (see vegetable (adj.)). Sense of "to lead a dull, empty, or stagnant life" is from 1740. Related: Vegetated; vegetating.

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