Definition of vegetate
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 outgrowthsb : to produce vegetation
: 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.
Recent Examples of vegetate from the Web
Initial Chinese news reports contained no suggestion that officials had been warned that the steep, thinly vegetated hillside could collapse.
The water settles into three biofiltration pools and vegetated beds below the light showers, after which it can be safely used by park goers.
For them, as for most of us, plants were just there in the background, vegetating away.
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Origin and Etymology of 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 1wake
First Known Use: 1605See Words from the same year
VEGETATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vegetate for English Language Learners
: to spend time doing things that do not require much thought or effort : to be very lazy or inactive
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