veg·​e·​tate | \ ˈve-jə-ˌtāt How to pronounce vegetate (audio) \
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Rake leaves, go to a football game or just vegetate on the sofa. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 2, 2019: Libra, focus on your immediate needs; Pisces, the sky is the limit," 2 Nov. 2019 Of this green space, 33 percent consists of natural habitats within open space, and 14 percent vegetated private or domestic garden land. Simon Ingram, National Geographic, "Visit the world’s first National Park City," 26 July 2019 Agriculture already uses almost half of the world’s vegetated land. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "How to feed the world without destroying the planet," 17 July 2019 Since the late 1990s, more than half of the world’s vegetated landscapes have experienced a growing deficit, or drying pattern. Scientific American, "Earth Stopped Getting Greener 20 Years Ago," 15 Aug. 2019 The park’s custom-built, naturally vegetated overpasses and underground tunnels allow safe passage—and have set the global standard for animal highway safety. Susan O'keefe, National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 8 Apr. 2019 The Southern Alps’ heavily vegetated westernmost slopes plunge, Jurassic Park–style, toward the sea. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "We Should All Just Move to New Zealand," 17 Jan. 2019 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

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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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13 Nov 2019

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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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