engorge

verb
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

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Other Words from engorge

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

Examples of engorge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once sufficiently engorged, the larvae drop off the wounds to pupate, emerging as a new generation of flies. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The U.S. Is Spending Millions of Dollars Rearing Flesh-Eating Worms," 26 May 2020 Puberty was no prerequisite: boys as young as seven could engorge themselves with silk and satin. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, "A Brief History of the Codpiece, the Personal Protection for Renaissance Equipment," 23 May 2020 The Tittabawassee became engorged late Tuesday when the aging Edenville and Sanford dams failed after heavy rain. CBS News, "Residents, businesses sue Michigan dam operator over ruinous flooding," 22 May 2020 Her breasts, usually so small, were engorged, ready. Lauren Sandler, New York Times, "This Is All I Got: A New Mother’s Search for Home," 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, "After Oscar Season’s Wildest Week, a Troubling Takeaway," 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, "Wild turkey menace: Angry birds are pecking cars, deflating kiddie pools and harassing the elderly," 24 Dec. 2019 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, Washington Post, "Wild turkey menace: Angry birds are pecking cars, deflating kiddie pools and harassing the elderly," 24 Dec. 2019 Wheel wells are now engorged with extremely low-profile 20-inch dinner plates — just waiting to be eaten by a Detroit pothole. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Two motors are better than one for Tesla Model 3 Performance (auto review)," 23 Nov. 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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The first known use of engorge was in 1515

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“Engorge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engorge. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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engorge

verb
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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