heb·​e·​tate ˈhe-bə-ˌtāt How to pronounce hebetate (audio)
hebetated; hebetating

transitive verb

: to make dull or obtuse
hebetation noun

Word History


Latin hebetatus, past participle of hebetare, from hebet-, hebes dull

First Known Use

1574, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hebetate was in 1574

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Cite this Entry

“Hebetate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hebetate. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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