defecate

verb
def·e·cate | \ˈde-fi-ˌkāt \
defecated; defecating

Definition of defecate 

transitive verb

1 : to free from impurity or corruption

2 : to discharge from the anus

intransitive verb

: to discharge feces from the bowels

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Other Words from defecate

defecation \ˌde-fi-ˈkā-shən \ noun

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And if a traveler’s animal urinates or defecates on the floor at PDX, the new rules will require an owner to remain at the site until someone from the janitorial staff arrives. Harriet Baskas, USA TODAY, "Airports join airlines in tightening the leash on animal travel," 27 June 2018 But in an unflattering picture snapped on a public sidewalk in the Greenslopes neighborhood, Macintosh, 64, was recently unmasked as something else: The predawn jogger who secretly defecated on neighborhood streets. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "A corporate executive led a secret double life — as Australia’s ‘poo jogger’," 7 June 2018 He's accused of repeatedly defecating on a school's track in holmdel, NJ. Fox News, "‘Defecating’ school superintendent requests full surveillance video of alleged deed," 13 June 2018 This isn’t the first time someone has been arrested for defecating in public. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Caught on Camera Defecating on Floor of a Tim Hortons and Throwing Feces at an Employee," 17 May 2018 Ed Yong at The Atlantic reports that a new study in the journal Nature shows that reefs around islands where seabird populations are thriving—and defecating—clearly fare much better than those where bird populations have been wiped out. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Coral Reefs Need Fewer Rats and More Bird Poo," 12 July 2018 For dogs that experience unwanted urinating, defecating, panting and hiding during July Fourth fireworks, a stronger treatment of prescription anti-anxiety medication may be needed. Vikki Ortiz, chicagotribune.com, "To calm dogs spooked by fireworks, pet owners are using treats made from marijuana plants," 3 July 2018 In it, the star mixed advice about how to be a good person with more humorous advice such as how to discreetly defecate at a party and how to properly feed a dog medicine. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Chris Pratt shares message of faith during acceptance speech at the MTV Movie and TV awards," 19 June 2018 Such incidents include biting, defecating, urinating and lunging at other passengers. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "JetBlue tightens rules for emotional support animals," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of defecate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for defecate

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

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

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More Definitions for defecate

defecate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of defecate

: to pass solid waste from the body

defecate

verb
def·e·cate
variants: or chiefly British defaecate \ˈdef-i-ˌkāt \
defecated; defecating

Medical Definition of defecate 

transitive verb

: to discharge from the anus

intransitive verb

: to discharge feces from the bowels

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