masturbate

verb mas·tur·bate \ ˈmas-tər-ˌbāt \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of masturbate

masturbated; masturbating
intransitive verb
: to practice masturbation
transitive verb
: to practice masturbation on

masturbator

play \-ˌbā-tər\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of masturbate

Latin masturbatus, past participle of masturbari


MASTURBATE Defined for English Language Learners

masturbate

verb

Definition of masturbate for English Language Learners

  • : to touch or rub your own sexual organs for sexual pleasure


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masturbate

verb mas·tur·bate \ ˈmas-tər-ˌbāt \

medical Definition of masturbate

masturbated; masturbating
intransitive verb
: to practice masturbation
transitive verb
: to practice masturbation on

masturbator

play \-ˌbāt-ər\ noun

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