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verb (used without object), veg·e·tat·ed, veg·e·tat·ing.
  1. to grow in, or as in, the manner of a plant.
  2. to be passive or unthinking; to do nothing: to lie on the beach and vegetate.
  3. Pathology. to grow, or increase by growth, as an excrescence.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of vegetated

  • He doesn't know what it is to suffer, he has only vegetated!

  • "Oh yes, she'll have got out of her hole—she won't have vegetated," Peter concurred.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

  • He asked himself how he could alter the sad condition in which he vegetated!

  • Oases are vegetated areas moistened by springs, wells, or by irrigation.


    A. S. Walker

  • After rainfall the vegetated areas are distinctly cooler than the surroundings.


    A. S. Walker

British Dictionary definitions for vegetated


verb (intr)
  1. to grow like a plant; sprout
  2. to lead a life characterized by monotony, passivity, or mental inactivity
  3. 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 vegetated



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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