expectorate

verb
ex·pec·to·rate | \ ik-ˈspek-tə-ˌrāt \
expectorated; expectorating

Definition of expectorate 

transitive verb

1 : to eject from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting

2 : spit

intransitive verb

1 : to discharge matter from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting

2 : spit

Other words from expectorate

expectoration \ik-ˌspek-tə-ˈrā-shən \ noun

First Known Use of expectorate

1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for expectorate

Latin expectoratus, past participle of expectorare to banish from the mind (taken to mean literally "to expel from the chest"), from ex- + pector-, pectus breast, soul — more at pectoral

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about expectorate

Share expectorate

Statistics for expectorate

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for expectorate

The first known use of expectorate was in 1601

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for expectorate

expectorate

verb
ex·pec·to·rate | \ -tə-ˌrāt \
expectorated; expectorating

Medical Definition of expectorate 

transitive verb

1 : to eject from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting

2 : spit

intransitive verb

1 : to discharge matter from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting

2 : spit

More from Merriam-Webster on expectorate

See words that rhyme with expectorate

Comments on expectorate

What made you want to look up expectorate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a magnificent or impressive array

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!