Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

engorge

play
verb en·gorge \in-ˈgȯrj, en-\

Definition of engorge

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  gorge, glut; especially :  to fill with blood to the point of congestion

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to suck blood to the limit of body capacity

en·gorge·ment play \-mənt\ noun


Origin of engorge

Middle French engorgier, from Old French, to devour, from en- + gorge throat — more at gorge


First Known Use: 1515

Rhymes with engorge


Medical Dictionary

engorge

play
verb en·gorge \in-ˈgȯ(ə)rj\

Medical Definition of engorge

en·gorgeden·gorg·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to fill with blood to the point of congestion <the gastric mucosa was greatly engorged>

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to suck blood to the limit of body capacity <unconscious of the dog tick engorging on his right ankle—John Barth>

  5. en·gorge·ment \-mənt\play noun




Learn More about engorge

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "engorge"


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up engorge? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 10, 2016

to put in good humor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds 196.5 pounds 100 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ