castrate

verb
cas·​trate | \ˈkas-ˌtrāt \
castrated; castrating

Definition of castrate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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.

2a : to deprive of the testes : geld

b : to deprive of the ovaries (see ovary sense 1) : spay

castrate

noun
plural castrates

Definition of castrate (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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Other Words from castrate

Verb

castration \ kas-​ˈtrā-​shən \ noun
castrator \ -​ˌtrā-​tər \ noun
castratory \ ˈkas-​trə-​ˌtȯr-​ē \ adjective

Examples of castrate in a Sentence

Verb

Farmers castrated the bull calf. a movie version that castrates the hard-hitting novel

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Members of the lynch mob cut off Hose’s ears and fingers one by one before castrating him. James Forman Jr., The Atlantic, "A History of Violence," 3 Sep. 2017 It's revealed that the men in the cult aren't allowed to masturbate, a policy which closely mirrors the rules of David Koresh's cult (Koresh fathered all of the children in the cult, and had every male member castrated). Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "American Horror Story: Cult Episode 9 Was About Kai's Grand Cult Ambitions," 1 Nov. 2017 Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said Trump’s comments were the equivalent of castrating the secretary in public. Fortune, "Rex Tillerson Downplays His Tensions with President Trump," 15 Oct. 2017 Samson was castrated and converted to Islam and became Hassan Aga the Chief Eunuch and Treasurer to the Ottoman ruler of Algiers. Jerry Brotton, The Atlantic, "The First Brexit Was Theological," 13 Sep. 2017 Suranart brought in a team of veterinarians to trap males and then castrate them. James Hookway, WSJ, "Thai Navy’s Secret Weapon Against Marauding Monkeys: Vasectomies," 9 Aug. 2017 The expensive and easily injured animals are often castrated to improve their tempers. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "How Mule Racing Led to Mule Cloning," 4 May 2017 And here one is tempted to muse on the risks of direct democracy and the perilous downsides of castrating expertise while empowering the unwashed masses. Seth Stevenson, Slate Magazine, "The future of sports just might be the Screaming Eagles, a football team controlled by fans with smartphones.," 17 Feb. 2017 Yoshikawa also has to have enough castrated bulls with the right temperament to handle a harness, all between 3 and 7 years old — the ideal age, according to Yoshikawa. Kelsey Lindsey, Alaska Dispatch News, "Scientist looks to be ‘Japanese Santa,’ mushing reindeer across tundra," 28 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of castrate

Verb

1554, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1639, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for castrate

Verb

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

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More Definitions for castrate

castrate

verb
cas·​trate | \ˈka-ˌstrāt \
castrated; castrating

Kids Definition of castrate

: to remove the sex glands of

castrate

transitive verb
cas·​trate | \ˈkas-ˌtrāt \
castrated; castrating

Medical Definition of castrate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

Other Words from castrate

castrater or castrator \ -​ər \ noun

castrate

noun

Medical Definition of castrate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a castrated individual

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