in·​gur·​gi·​tate | \ in-ˈgər-jə-ˌtāt How to pronounce ingurgitate (audio) \
ingurgitated; ingurgitating

Definition of ingurgitate

transitive verb

: to swallow greedily or in large quantities : guzzle

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ingurgitation \ (ˌ)in-​ˌgər-​jə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce ingurgitation (audio) \ noun

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Most people are familiar with "regurgitate" as a fancy synonym for "throw up," but far fewer know of its rarer antonym "ingurgitate." It's a word as likely to turn up in a spelling bee as in a conversation, but it does see occasional use, both literal (as in "ingurgitating red wine") and figurative (as in "ingurgitating artwork"). "Regurgitate" and "ingurgitate" (as well as "gurgitate," an even rarer synonym of "ingurgitate," and gorge, meaning "to eat greedily) can be ultimately traced back to the Latin word for "whirlpool," which is "gurges."

Examples of ingurgitate in a Sentence

with no time for fine dining, we just ingurgitated our food and went on our way

First Known Use of ingurgitate

circa 1570, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ingurgitate

Latin ingurgitatus, past participle of ingurgitare, from in- + gurgit-, gurges whirlpool — more at voracious

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The first known use of ingurgitate was circa 1570

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“Ingurgitate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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