defecate

verb

def·​e·​cate ˈde-fi-ˌkāt How to pronounce defecate (audio)
defecated; defecating

intransitive verb

: to discharge feces from the bowels

transitive verb

1
: to discharge from the anus
2
: to free from impurity or corruption

Examples of defecate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several parents also said their children uncharacteristically began urinating and defecating in their rooms because they were locked out of bathrooms overnight. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, 8 May 2024 Death causes muscle relaxation and can lead animals to defecate or urinate post mortem. Harri Weber, Popular Science, 8 May 2024 Eventually, Doyle said, that person defecated on himself. Jaclyn Diaz, NPR, 8 May 2024 The anger boiled over in 2013, when residents began complaining about people sleeping in alleyways and urinating and defecating in the city’s downtown area, a busy corridor of restaurants, coffee shops and businesses. Abbie Vansickle, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2024 Another rather amusing survival tactic is a bit akin to necessary constipation: Newborn okapi don’t defecate until at least a month after birth, lest a nearby leopard sniff out the vulnerable baby. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 11 Apr. 2024 And in October, an EasyJet flight from the Spanish island of Tenerife to London was canceled after a passenger defecated on the bathroom floor. Erin Clements, Peoplemag, 10 Apr. 2024 At one point, there were more than a dozen tents across the street, and occupants used drugs, threw bottles of urine onto school property and openly defecated, Hernandez said. Calmatters, The Mercury News, 12 Apr. 2024 The flight made it to cruising altitude before the animal defecated. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 12 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Latin defaecatus, past participle of defaecare, from de- + faec-, faex dregs, lees

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of defecate was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Defecate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defecate. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

defecate

verb
def·​e·​cate ˈdef-i-ˌkāt How to pronounce defecate (audio)
defecated; defecating
: to expel feces from the bowels
defecation noun

Medical Definition

defecate

verb
def·​e·​cate
variants or chiefly British defaecate
defecated; defecating

transitive verb

: to discharge from the anus

intransitive verb

: to discharge feces from the bowels

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