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parasite

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noun par·a·site \ˈper-ə-ˌsīt, ˈpa-rə-\

Simple Definition of parasite

  • : an animal or plant that lives in or on another animal or plant and gets food or protection from it

  • : a person or thing that takes something from someone or something else and does not do anything to earn it or deserve it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of parasite

  1. 1 :  a person who exploits the hospitality of the rich and earns welcome by flattery

  2. 2 :  an organism living in, with, or on another organism in parasitism

  3. 3 :  something that resembles a biological parasite in dependence on something else for existence or support without making a useful or adequate return

parasitic

play \ˌper-ə-ˈsi-tik, ˌpa-rə-\ also

parasitical

play \-ti-kəl\ adjective

parasitically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of parasite in a sentence

  1. Many diseases are caused by parasites.

  2. She's a parasite who only stays with him for the money.

  3. These new companies are parasites feeding off the success of those who spent the last decade establishing the industry.



Origin and Etymology of parasite

Middle French, from Latin parasitus, from Greek parasitos, from para- + sitos grain, food


First Known Use: 1539

Synonym Discussion of parasite

parasite, sycophant, toady, leech, sponge mean a usually obsequious flatterer or self-seeker. parasite applies to one who clings to a person of wealth, power, or influence or is useless to society <a jet-setter with an entourage of parasites>. sycophant adds to this a strong suggestion of fawning, flattery, or adulation <a powerful prince surrounded by sycophants>. toady emphasizes the servility and snobbery of the self-seeker <cultivated leaders of society and became their toady>. leech stresses persistence in clinging to or bleeding another for one's own advantage <a leech living off his family and friends>. sponge stresses the parasitic laziness, dependence, and opportunism of the cadger <a shiftless sponge, always looking for a handout>.

Rhymes with parasite

acolyte, aconite, aerolite, Ammonite, Amorite, amosite, anchorite, andesite, anthracite, antiwhite, apartheid, appetite, arsenite, azurite, Bakelite, bedlamite, Benthamite, biotite, bipartite, black-and-white, blatherskite, bleacherite, bring to light, Brooklynite, bryophyte, calamite, Canaanite, candlelight, Carmelite, Castroite, catamite, cellulite, cenobite, chalcocite, chestnut blight, Chinese white, columbite, coprolite, copyright, cryolite, crystallite, disinvite, disunite, divine right, dolerite, dolomite, dynamite, ebonite, epiphyte, eremite, erudite, expedite, extradite, featherlight, fight-or-flight, fly-by-night, gelignite, geophyte, gesundheit, gigabyte, Gilsonite, Hashemite, hematite, hemocyte, hessonite, Hitlerite, Houstonite, hug-me-tight, Hutterite, hyalite, Ibsenite, impolite, inner light, Ishmaelite, Isle of Wight, Israelite, Jacobite, Jerseyite, Josephite, kilobyte, kimberlite, laborite, lazulite, leading light, Leavisite, Leninite, leukocyte, lily-white, localite, lymphocyte, macrophyte, magnetite, malachite, manganite, Marcionite, Masonite, megabyte, Mennonite, Minorite, Moabite, Mr. Right, muscovite, Muscovite, Nazirite, neophyte, oocyte, open sight, out-of-sight, overbite, overflight, overnight, oversight, overwrite, patent right, perovskite, phagocyte, pilot light, plebiscite, proselyte, Puseyite, pyrrhotite, recondite, reunite, rhyolite, running light, Saint Paulite, saprolite, satellite, Scottish rite, second sight, see the light, self-ignite, serve one right, shergottite, socialite, sodalite, sodomite, spider mite, Stagirite, Sydneyite, taconite, tanzanite, terabyte, time-of-flight, traffic light, transfinite, transvestite, tripartite, troglodyte, Trotskyite, Ulsterite, ultralight, underwrite, urbanite, vigil light, Wahhabite, water right, water sprite, watertight, Wycliffite, xerophyte, yesternight, zoophyte


PARASITE Defined for Kids

parasite

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noun par·a·site \ˈper-ə-ˌsīt\

Definition of parasite for Students

  1. 1 :  a living thing (as a flea, worm, or fungus) that lives in or on another living thing and gets food and sometimes shelter from it and usually causes harm to it

  2. 2 :  a person who lives at the expense of another




Medical Dictionary

parasite

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noun par·a·site \ˈpar-ə-ˌsīt\

Medical Definition of parasite

  1. :  an organism living in, with, or on another organism in parasitism





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