Vegetate Veg"e*tate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Vegetated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vegetating}.] [L. vegetatus, p. p. of vegetare to enliven. See {Vegetable}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To grow, as plants, by nutriment imbibed by means of roots and leaves; to start into growth; to sprout; to germinate. [1913 Webster]

See dying vegetables life sustain, See life dissolving vegetate again. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: To lead a live too low for an animate creature; to do nothing but eat and grow. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

Persons who . . . would have vegetated stupidly in the places where fortune had fixed them. --Jeffrey. [1913 Webster]

3. (Med.) To grow exuberantly; to produce fleshy or warty outgrowths; as, a vegetating papule. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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