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lacerate

verb lac·er·ate \ ˈla-sə-ˌrāt \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of lacerate

lacerated; lacerating
transitive verb
1 :to tear or rend roughly :wound jaggedly
2 :to cause sharp mental or emotional pain to :distress

lacerative

play \ˈla-sə-ˌrā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of lacerate in a Sentence

  1. The broken glass lacerated his feet.

  2. The patient's hand was severely lacerated.

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Origin and Etymology of lacerate

Middle English, from Latin laceratus, past participle of lacerare to tear; akin to Greek lakis tear


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lacerate

adjective lac·er·ate \ ˈla-sə-rət , -ˌrāt \
variants: or lacerated play \ˈla-sə-ˌrā-təd\

Definition of lacerate

1 a :torn jaggedly :mangled
b :extremely harrowed or distracted
2 :having the edges deeply and irregularly cut
  • a lacerate petal

First Known Use of lacerate

1514


LACERATE Defined for English Language Learners

lacerate

verb

Definition of lacerate for English Language Learners

  • : to cut or tear (someone's flesh) deeply or roughly


LACERATE Defined for Kids

lacerate

verb lac·er·ate \ ˈla-sə-ˌrāt \

Definition of lacerate for Students

lacerated; lacerating
:to injure by cutting or tearing deeply or roughly
  • a lacerated knee

Medical Dictionary

lacerate

transitive verb lac·er·ate \ ˈlas-ə-ˌrāt \

medical Definition of lacerate

lacerated; lacerating
:to tear or rend roughly :wound jaggedly
  • a lacerated spleen


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