copulate

play
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

Origin and Etymology of copulate

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


First Known Use: 1630


COPULATE Defined for English Language Learners

copulate

play
verb cop·u·late \ˈkä-pyə-ˌlāt\

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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