verb (used without object), veg·e·tat·ed, veg·e·tat·ing.
- vegetal pole,
- vegetative bacteriophage,
- vegetative endocarditis
Origin of vegetate
Examples from the Web for vegetate
The conditions seem almost ideal for any one who does not wish to do anything, and desires simply to vegetate.Spontaneous Activity in Education|Maria Montessori
I've been here a month without seeing a soul; I should go mad, if I had to vegetate for another seven months.Lady Lilith|Stephen McKenna
You can sit down and vegetate for a while, without being called upon to make any intellectual exertion whatever.Gleanings by the Way|John A. Clark
They are organized and vegetate; but being incapable of sensation, do not properly possess life.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Egg-plant seed will not vegetate freely without a substantial heat.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million|Sarah Josepha Hale
Word Origin for vegetate
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.