vegetate

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verb veg·e·tate \ˈve-jə-ˌtāt\

Definition of vegetate

vegetated

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vegetating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lead a passive existence without exertion of body or mind

  3. 2a :  to grow in the manner of a plant; also :  to grow exuberantly or with proliferation of fleshy or warty outgrowthsb :  to produce vegetation

  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

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: 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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