copulate

verb cop·u·late \ ˈkä-pyə-ˌlāt \
Updated on: 10 May 2018

Definition of copulate

copulated; copulating
: to engage in sexual intercourse

copulation

play \ˌkä-pyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

copulatory

play \ˈkä-pyə-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of copulate in a Sentence

  1. Some animals have complex mating rituals before they copulate.

  2. the time of year when deer in the wild are likely to copulate

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Origin and Etymology of copulate

Latin copulatus, past participle of copulare to join, from copula — see copula

copulate Synonyms

Synonyms

breed, mate, sleep;

Related Words

fool around, fornicate;


COPULATE Defined for English Language Learners

copulate

Definition of copulate for English Language Learners

  • : to have sexual intercourse


Medical Dictionary

copulate

intransitive verb cop·u·late \ ˈkäp-yə-ˌlāt \

medical Definition of copulate

copulated; copulating
1 : to engage in sexual intercourse
2 of gametes : to fuse permanently — compare conjugate 1

copulation

play \ˌkäp-yə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

copulatory

play \ˈkäp-yə-lə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\ adjective


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