regurgitate

verb

re·​gur·​gi·​tate (ˌ)rē-ˈgər-jə-ˌtāt How to pronounce regurgitate (audio)
regurgitated; regurgitating

intransitive verb

: to become thrown or poured back

transitive verb

: to throw or pour back or out from or as if from a cavity
regurgitate food
memorized facts to regurgitate on the exam

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Something regurgitated has typically been taken in, at least partially digested, and then spit back out—either literally or figuratively. The word often appears in biological contexts (e.g., in describing how some birds feed their chicks by regurgitating incompletely digested food) or in references to ideas or information that has been acquired and restated. A student, for example, might be expected to learn information from a textbook or a teacher and then regurgitate it for a test. Regurgitate, which entered the English vocabulary in the latter half of the 16th century, is of Latin origin and traces back to the Latin word for "whirlpool," which is gurges.

Examples of regurgitate in a Sentence

The bird regurgitates to feed its young. The bird regurgitates food to feed its young. She memorized the historical dates only to regurgitate them on the exam. The speaker was just regurgitating facts and figures.
Recent Examples on the Web The child’s mother told authorities her son had a swallowing problem and history of regurgitating from the nose while feeding. Ashley Luthern, Journal Sentinel, 6 May 2024 Once on the platform, the tiger shark regurgitated feathers. Linda Robertson, Miami Herald, 27 Mar. 2024 All of it dished up by an algorithm designed to regurgitate it right back to him. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 19 Mar. 2024 This prompts the flea to go on a feeding frenzy, yielding multiple bites, and a significant opportunity to regurgitate the bacteria and spread plague with each bite. Mark Kortepeter, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 These new bots swarm websites not to catalog content but to feed that content to AI, a technology that threatens to replace search as the default means of online discovery (and does so by digesting and regurgitating the content in a monstrous, unciteable form). Longreads, 16 Feb. 2024 Over the course of 10 episodes, The People v. O.J. Simpson is a captivating retelling of the scandal that took the world by storm, providing intricate details and regurgitating conversations surrounding the case. Robert English, EW.com, 4 Nov. 2023 That’s more than just the Fox crowd regurgitating the right-wing narrative of California as the spawning ground of social evils. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2024 Sadie, the female, nursed the pups, and both parents regurgitated food to help their kiddos transition from Sadie’s milk to solid food. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 7 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Medieval Latin regurgitatus, past participle of regurgitare, from Latin re- + Late Latin gurgitare to engulf, from Latin gurgit-, gurges whirlpool — more at voracious

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of regurgitate was in 1578

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“Regurgitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regurgitate. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

regurgitate

verb
re·​gur·​gi·​tate (ˈ)rē-ˈgər-jə-ˌtāt How to pronounce regurgitate (audio)
regurgitated; regurgitating
: to throw or be thrown back or out again
regurgitate undigested food
regurgitation
(ˌ)rē-ˌgər-jə-ˈtā-shən
noun

Medical Definition

regurgitate

verb
re·​gur·​gi·​tate (ˈ)rē-ˈgər-jə-ˌtāt How to pronounce regurgitate (audio)
regurgitated; regurgitating

intransitive verb

: to become thrown or poured back

transitive verb

: to throw or pour back or out from or as if from a cavity
regurgitate swallowed food into the mouth

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