ca·​pac·​i·​tate kə-ˈpa-sə-ˌtāt How to pronounce capacitate (audio)
capacitated; capacitating

transitive verb

archaic : to make capable
: to cause (sperm) to undergo capacitation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web To capacitate innovation and creativity in the young leaders, invite them to understand and question existing organizational processes. Kt Moore, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of capacitate was in 1657

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Cite this Entry

“Capacitate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
ca·​pac·​i·​tate -ə-ˌtāt How to pronounce capacitate (audio)
capacitated; capacitating
: to cause (sperm) to undergo capacitation
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