regurgitate

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

Definition of regurgitate

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 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.

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The velvet spider Stegodyphus lineatus feeds her young by regurgitating liquid food for about two weeks. National Geographic, "Bats regurgitate nectar for their babies—a new discovery," 12 July 2019 The victims’ families have sat through dozens of parole hearings, where the details of the murders are regurgitated. Los Angeles Times, "Families of Charles Manson victims still fighting to tell their loved ones’ stories, 50 years later," 9 Aug. 2019 These risks, which seem more likely than the benefits, are never mentioned by populists who simply regurgitate arguments from earlier eras. Seán Mfundza Muller, Quartz Africa, "South Africa’s economy is in a perilous state and is running out of time to get fixed," 7 Aug. 2019 But his historical revisions do feel like a reassertion that his movies have more to say than just regurgitating references. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, "Quentin Tarantino’s historical revisionism makes his movies better suited for the future," 1 Aug. 2019 Owing to his own time in school, Keck disseminated information to be downloaded, memorized and, ultimately, regurgitated on paper. Brian Whitehead, The Mercury News, "Apple recognized two California teachers for their approach to education," 11 Sep. 2019 Colbert’s rival, Jimmy Kimmel, regurgitates talking points provided by Democratic congressional staffers. Peter Spiliakos, National Review, "The Simpsons and the Cowardice of Tribal Comedy," 28 Aug. 2019 Caterpillars click and regurgitate to deter predators. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "The impressive luna moth and preparing for a bio-diverse yard," 22 Aug. 2019 As scientists recently reported in a new study, these moms, in addition to milk, feed their pups regurgitated nectar. National Geographic, "Bats regurgitate nectar for their babies—a new discovery," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of regurgitate

1578, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for regurgitate

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

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regurgitate

verb
How to pronounce regurgitate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of regurgitate

: to bring food that has been swallowed back to and out of the mouth
disapproving : to repeat (something, such as a fact, idea, etc.) without understanding it

regurgitate

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

Kids Definition of regurgitate

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

regurgitate

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

Medical Definition of regurgitate

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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