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.

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Origin of vegetate

1595–1605; <Latin vegetātus (past participle of vegetāre to quicken, enliven), equivalent to veget(us) lively (originally 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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