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castrate

verb cas·trate \ ˈkas-ˌtrāt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of castrate

castrated; castrating
transitive verb
1 :to render impotent or deprive of vitality especially by psychological means
  • To share that with someone you love, without threatening him or making him feel castrated is difficult, you have to tread extremely carefully.
  • —Laura Singer
  • The bill was castrated by removal of the enforcement provisions.
2 a :to deprive of the testes :geld
b :to deprive of the ovaries (see ovary 1) :spay

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

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Origin and Etymology of castrate

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


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castrate

noun

Definition of castrate

plural castrates
:a castrated individual
  • Arango was a well-known celibate with a special devotion to St. Erasmus of Delft, the castrate.
  • — Donald Barthelme
  • Castration of meat-producing male animals has been widely used for a very long time, mainly for an easier control of their behaviour and the higher propensity of castrates to deposit fat, a commodity that has been in high demand until quite recently.
  • — Carrick Devine and M. Dikeman

First Known Use of castrate

1639


CASTRATE Defined for Kids

castrate

verb cas·trate \ ˈka-ˌstrāt \

Definition of castrate for Students

castrated; castrating
:to remove the sex glands of

Medical Dictionary

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castrate

transitive verb cas·trate \ ˈkas-ˌtrāt \

medical Definition of castrate

castrated; castrating
1 a :to deprive of the testes :geld
b :to deprive of the ovaries :spay
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 play \-ər\ noun

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castrate

noun

medical Definition of castrate

:a castrated individual


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