regurgitate

verb re·gur·gi·tate \ (ˌ)rē-ˈgər-jə-ˌtāt \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of regurgitate

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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Examples of regurgitate in a Sentence

  1. The bird regurgitates to feed its young.

  2. The bird regurgitates food to feed its young.

  3. She memorized the historical dates only to regurgitate them on the exam.

  4. The speaker was just regurgitating facts and figures.

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Did You Know?

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 have 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 mid-17th century, is of Latin origin and traces back to the Latin word for "whirlpool," which is gurges.

Origin and Etymology of regurgitate

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


REGURGITATE Defined for English Language Learners

regurgitate

verb

Definition of regurgitate for English Language Learners

  • : to bring food that has been swallowed back to and out of the mouth

  • : to repeat (something, such as a fact, idea, etc.) without understanding it


REGURGITATE Defined for Kids

regurgitate

verb re·gur·gi·tate \ rē-ˈgər-jə-ˌtāt \

Definition of regurgitate for Students

regurgitated; regurgitating
: to bring food that has been swallowed back to and out of the mouth

Medical Dictionary

regurgitate

verb re·gur·gi·tate \ (ˈ)rē-ˈgər-jə-ˌtāt \

medical Definition of regurgitate

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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