copulate

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verb cop·u·late \ˈkä-pyə-ˌlāt\

Definition of copulate

copulated

;

copulating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  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 Defined for English Language Learners

copulate

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verb

Definition of copulate for English Language Learners

  • : to have sexual intercourse


Medical Dictionary

copulate

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

Medical Definition of copulate

copulated

;

copulating

  1. 1:  to engage in sexual intercourse

  2. 2of gametes :  to fuse permanently—compare conjugate 1

copulation

\ˌkäp-yə-ˈlā-shən\play noun

copulatory

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


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