Definition of regurgitate
- regurgitate food
- memorized facts to regurgitate on the exam
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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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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.
: 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
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