expectorate

verb
ex·​pec·​to·​rate | \ ik-ˈspek-tə-ˌrāt How to pronounce expectorate (audio) \
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

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Other Words from expectorate

expectoration \ ik-​ˌspek-​tə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce expectorate (audio) \ noun

Examples of expectorate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Places where people might need to talk loudly, sing, or otherwise expectorate without a mask are seen as riskier than those where everyone can easily wear a mask at all times. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Indoor businesses reopen across the county, but some say new rules too restrictive," 31 Aug. 2020 Of course, there’s never been any such game where players young and old didn’t expectorate freely. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "No spitting in baseball: Could the age of coronavirus mark the end of a centuries-old practice?," 8 May 2020 When Andrei blasts Matvey with a shotgun, blowing apart one of his sofa cushions, which in turn expectorates a bunch of American dollars, those deeper motives becomes obvious. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "‘Why Don’t You Just Die!’ Review: Attempted Murder, but Make It Comedy," 20 Apr. 2020

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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

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“Expectorate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expectorate. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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expectorate

verb
ex·​pec·​to·​rate | \ -tə-ˌrāt How to pronounce expectorate (audio) \
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

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