vegetate

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verb veg·e·tate \ˈve-jə-ˌtāt\

Definition of vegetate

vegetated

vegetating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to grow in the manner of a plant; also :  to grow exuberantly or with proliferation of fleshy or warty outgrowths b :  to produce vegetation

  3. 2 :  to lead a passive existence without exertion of body or mind

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to establish vegetation in or on

Examples of vegetate in a sentence

  1. I just spent the weekend vegetating at home.

  2. I'm worried that after I retire I'll just sit at home, watch TV, and vegetate.

Origin and Etymology of vegetate

Medieval Latin vegetatus, past participle of vegetare to grow


First Known Use: 1605


VEGETATE Defined for English Language Learners

vegetate

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verb veg·e·tate \ˈve-jə-ˌtāt\

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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