castrate

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verb cas·trate \ˈkas-ˌtrāt\

Definition of castrate

castrated

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castrating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to render impotent or deprive of vitality especially by psychological means The bill was castrated by removal of the enforcement provisions.

  3. 2a :  to deprive of the testes :  geldb :  to deprive of the ovaries (see ovary 1) :  spay

castrate

noun

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


CASTRATE Defined for English Language Learners

castrate

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verb

Definition of castrate for English Language Learners

  • : to remove the testes of (a person or animal)


CASTRATE Defined for Kids

castrate

play
verb cas·trate \ˈka-ˌstrāt\

Definition of castrate for Students

castrated

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castrating

  1. :  to remove the sex glands of


Medical Dictionary

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castrate

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transitive verb cas·trate \ˈkas-ˌtrāt\

Medical Definition of castrate

castrated

;

castrating

  1. 1a:  to deprive of the testes :  geldb:  to deprive of the ovaries :  spay

  2. 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

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castrator

\-ər\play noun

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castrate

noun cas·trate

Medical Definition of castrate

  1. :  a castrated individual



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