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verb, cas·trate \ˈkas-ˌtrāt\

Simple Definition of castrate

  • : to remove the testes of (a person or animal)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of castrate


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to render impotent or deprive of vitality especially by psychological means

  3. 2 a :  to deprive of the testes :  geld b :  to deprive of the ovaries :  spay

castrate noun
castration play \kas-ˈtrā-shən\ noun
castrator play \-ˌtrā-tər\ noun
castratory play \ˈkas-trə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of castrate in a sentence

  1. Farmers castrated the bull calf.

  2. <a movie version that castrates the hard-hitting novel>

Origin of castrate

Latin castratus, past participle of castrare; akin to Greek keazein to split, Sanskrit śasati he slaughters

First Known Use: 1554

Rhymes with castrate

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CASTRATE Defined for Kids


verb cas·trate \ˈka-ˌstrāt\

Definition of castrate for Students


  1. :  to remove the sex glands of

Medical Dictionary



transitive verb cas·trate \ˈkas-ˌtrāt\

Medical Definition of castrate

castrated; castrating

  1. 1a:  to deprive of the testes :  geldb:  to deprive of the ovaries :  spay

  2. 2:  to render impotent or deprive of vitality especially by psychological means <uses these ideas…as an instrument to castrate and destroy him—Harold Clurman>

castrater or castrator \-ər\play noun



noun cas·trate

Medical Definition of castrate

  1. :  a castrated individual

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