verb re·gur·gi·tate \(ˌ)rē-ˈgər-jə-ˌtāt\

: to bring food that has been swallowed back to and out of the mouth

: to repeat (something, such as a fact, idea, etc.) without understanding it


Full Definition of REGURGITATE

intransitive verb
:  to become thrown or poured back
transitive verb
:  to throw or pour back or out from or as if from a cavity <regurgitate food> <memorized facts to regurgitate on the exam>


  1. The bird regurgitates to feed its young.
  2. The bird regurgitates food to feed its young.
  3. She memorized the historical dates only to regurgitate them on the exam.
  4. The speaker was just regurgitating facts and figures.


Medieval Latin regurgitatus, past participle of regurgitare, from Latin re- + Late Latin gurgitare to engulf, from Latin gurgit-, gurges whirlpool — more at voracious
First Known Use: 1653


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REGURGITATE Defined for Kids


verb re·gur·gi·tate \rē-ˈgər-jə-ˌtāt\

Definition of REGURGITATE for Kids

:  to bring food that has been swallowed back to and out of the mouth
Medical Dictionary


verb re·gur·gi·tate \(ˈ)rē-ˈgər-jə-ˌtāt\

Medical Definition of REGURGITATE

intransitive verb
:  to become thrown or poured back
transitive verb
:  to throw or pour back or out from or as if from a cavity <regurgitate swallowed food into the mouth>


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