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

Definition of engorge

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to suck blood to the limit of body capacity

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

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Ear Spring geyser, located in Yellowstone National Park, had long been engorged by years of trash left inside of it by ill-mannered tourists. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Heavily Littered Yellowstone Geyser Spews Tons of Trash Into Air During Eruption," 5 Oct. 2018 The benign ones simply engorge themselves on your blood (or even worse, your precious dog’s blood), and the worst ones give you Lyme disease. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Apparently Tick Bites Can Make You Allergic to Red Meat," 25 June 2018 The boom first fell in 2014, when the price of crude plunged by more than half, breaking a string of $100-per-barrel years that had engorged budgets and bred complacency across the Gulf. Bloomberg.com, "A Mideast Energy Giant Seizes New Energy Future," 10 May 2018 The species is dark brown and grows to about the size of a pea when engorged on blood. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Tenacious invasive tick survived winter in N.J. Experts are worried," 23 Apr. 2018 Others show multiple figures, their torsos tangled together or stacked in stylized patterns. Genitals — often engorged — are anything but wallflowers. David Pagel, latimes.com, "For Kitty Brophy, freedom from authority in some wickedly sensuous lines," 17 Apr. 2018 This second issue is pregnant with meaning, moments engorged and demanding to be explored. Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, "TBT #29: Alt history, strong women, tough reporters and more coming in comics," 28 Feb. 2018 The species is dark brown and grows to about the size of a pea when engorged on the blood of its hosts. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Infestation of Asian tick, previously unknown inside U.S., found in N.J.," 26 Feb. 2018 That their immediate reaction was to brush aside the debt limit and swell deficits even more by engorging the Pentagon with vast new funds is worth noting before everyone celebrates a bipartisan victory. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "In Defense of the ‘Dumbest Shutdown’," 9 Feb. 2018

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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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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 engorgement (audio) \ noun

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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