en·​gorge | \ in-ˈgȯrj How to pronounce engorge (audio) , en- \
engorged; engorging; engorges

Definition of engorge

transitive verb

: gorge entry 1, glut especially : to fill with blood to the point of congestion

intransitive verb

: to suck blood to the limit of body capacity

Other Words from engorge

engorgement \ in-​ˈgȯrj-​mənt How to pronounce engorge (audio) , en-​ \ noun

Examples of engorge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gums bleed and blacken, then engorge and protrude over the teeth or their absent weeping sockets like a dark second set of lips. Bathsheba Demuth, The Atlantic, 22 Sep. 2021 Most foie gras is made by force-feeding ducks and geese through a tube to engorge their livers up to 10 times their normal sizes. BostonGlobe.com, 22 July 2021 Once sufficiently engorged, the larvae drop off the wounds to pupate, emerging as a new generation of flies. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 26 May 2020 Puberty was no prerequisite: boys as young as seven could engorge themselves with silk and satin. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, 23 May 2020 The Tittabawassee became engorged late Tuesday when the aging Edenville and Sanford dams failed after heavy rain. CBS News, 22 May 2020 Her breasts, usually so small, were engorged, ready. Lauren Sandler, New York Times, 30 Apr. 2020 So many of the female directors in contention this year had to tell their stories with slim budgets and striking visual economy, while the men often had big money, complicated shots and engorged running times at their disposal. Kyle Buchanan, New York Times, 8 Jan. 2020 In the video, the male turkey - snood engorged, tail feathers spread extravagantly - struts briskly after the U.S. Postal Service vehicle, circling the boxy white truck and lunging as the mail carrier inserts envelopes in each box along the block. Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of engorge

1515, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for engorge

Middle French engorgier, from Old French, to devour, from en- + gorge throat — more at gorge

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“Engorge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engorge. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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en·​gorge | \ in-ˈgȯ(ə)rj How to pronounce engorge (audio) \
engorged; engorging

Medical Definition of engorge

transitive verb

: to fill with blood to the point of congestion the gastric mucosa was greatly engorged

intransitive verb

: to suck blood to the limit of body capacity unconscious of the dog tick engorging on his right ankle— John Barth

Other Words from engorge

engorgement \ -​mənt How to pronounce engorge (audio) \ noun


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