veg·​e·​tate | \ˈve-jə-ˌtāt \
vegetated; vegetating

Definition of vegetate 

intransitive verb

1 : to lead a passive existence without exertion of body or mind

2a : to grow in the manner of a plant also : to grow exuberantly or with proliferation of fleshy or warty outgrowths

b : to produce vegetation

transitive verb

: to establish vegetation in or on

Examples of vegetate in a Sentence

I just spent the weekend vegetating at home. I'm worried that after I retire I'll just sit at home, watch TV, and vegetate.

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Each plant takes approximately two months to root, vegetate and mature into ready-to-harvest cannabis, Goldberg said. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Howard County’s first medical marijuana dispensaries ready to open," 13 Dec. 2017 Vinnie, in the meantime, has been vegetating in squalor in a motel in Cucamonga, Calif., striking up an almost romance with an Anglophile supermarket checkout worker, Cecilia (Ms. Girten) and living on hush money from Carter. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Sam Shepard’s ‘Simpatico,’ Cut Loose and Roaming Wild," 26 Sep. 2017 Initial Chinese news reports contained no suggestion that officials had been warned that the steep, thinly vegetated hillside could collapse. Chris Buckley And Javier C. HernÁndez, New York Times, "Hopes Fade After Landslide Destroys Chinese Village," 24 June 2017 The water settles into three biofiltration pools and vegetated beds below the light showers, after which it can be safely used by park goers. Barbara Sadick, WSJ, "A New Look for Urban Utility Structures," 14 Apr. 2017 For them, as for most of us, plants were just there in the background, vegetating away. National Geographic, "There Is Such a Thing as Plant Intelligence," 21 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of vegetate

1605, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2a

History and Etymology for vegetate

borrowed from Late Latin vegetātus, past participle of vegetāre "to live, grow," going back to Latin, "to impart energy to, invigorate," verbal derivative of vegetus "vigorous, active, lively," probably, if from *vegitus, verbal adjective of vegēre "to give vigor to, enliven" — more at wake entry 1

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The first known use of vegetate was in 1605

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English Language Learners Definition of vegetate

: to spend time doing things that do not require much thought or effort : to be very lazy or inactive

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