spay

play
verb \ˈspā, ÷ˈspād\

Definition of spay

spayed

play \ˈspād, ÷ˈspā-dəd\;

spaying

play \ˈspā-iŋ, ÷ˈspā-diŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to remove the ovaries and uterus of (a female animal)

Examples of spay in a Sentence

  1. Our cat has been spayed.

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Origin and Etymology of spay

Middle English, from Anglo-French espeer to pierce, castrate, from espee sword, from Latin spatha sword — more at spade


SPAY Defined for English Language Learners

spay

play
verb

Definition of spay for English Language Learners

  • : to remove the sex organs of (a female animal) : to make (a female animal) unable to have babies


SPAY Defined for Kids

spay

play
verb \ˈspā\

Definition of spay for Students

spayed

;

spaying

  1. :  to remove the ovaries of (a female animal) a spayed cat


Medical Dictionary

spay

play
transitive verb \ˈspā\

Medical Definition of spay

spayed

;

spaying

  1. :  to remove the ovaries and uterus of (a female animal)



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