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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web To its critics, the city is a liberal haven where homeless people defecate in the streets and where even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband isn’t safe from a violent attack. Hannah Wileystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2022 Patients and nurses alike have been forced to defecate in plastic bags, then store the waste in overflowing biohazard bins, staff members and patients said. Leila Sackur, NBC News, 2 Oct. 2022 Still, nearly one billion people are forced to defecate outdoors, and the World Health Organization and UNICEF say 2.8 billion people live with unsafe sanitation facilities, leading to disease. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 7 Sep. 2022 Newborn wolves do not urinate and defecate on their own; their mother licks them to stimulate the processes. Matt Mcclain, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2022 Pat McAfee used a telestrator to illustrate how both local competitors were likely to defecate themselves. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 13 Aug. 2022 People often try to feed the cows and other animals, and cattle often defecate near the lake’s periphery resulting in an accumulation of organic matter. Quartz, 19 July 2022 Delbridge said homeless people swarm his customers, beg for money, sleep outside the entrance to his business, and even defecate and expose themselves right outside his doors. Fox News, 19 July 2022 Ware had previously accused Michele of making her life on Glee 'a living hell,' by, among other things, allegedly threatening to defecate in Ware's wig. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 12 July 2022 See More

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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 2 Dec. 2022.

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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