vegetate

  • 1 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… …

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  • 2 vegetate — [v1] be very passive be inert, decay, deteriorate, exist, go to pot*, go to seed*, hibernate, idle, languish, loaf*, pass time, stagnate, weaken; concepts 210,698 Ant. activate, carry out, do vegetate [v2] grow, sprout bloom, blossom, bud,… …

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  • 3 vegetate — [vej′ə tāt΄] vi. vegetated, vegetating [< L vegetatus, pp. of vegetare, to enliven < vegetus, lively < vegere, to quicken, WAKE1; VEGETATE senses 1 & 2 infl. by VEGETABLE] 1. to grow as plants 2. to exist with little mental and physical… …

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  • 4 vegetate — index germinate, languish, pullulate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 5 vegetate — (v.) c.1600, to grow as plants do, perhaps a back formation from VEGETATION (Cf. vegetation), or from L. vegetatus, pp. of vegetare to enliven, to animate (see VEGETABLE (Cf. vegetable) (adj.)). Sense of to lead a dull, empty, or stagnant life is …

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  • 6 vegetate — ► VERB 1) live or spend a period of time in a dull, inactive, unchallenging way. 2) dated (of a plant or seed) grow or sprout. ORIGIN Latin vegetare enliven …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 vegetate — UK [ˈvedʒəteɪt] / US [ˈvedʒəˌteɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms vegetate : present tense I/you/we/they vegetate he/she/it vegetates present participle vegetating past tense vegetated past participle vegetated 1) to be lazy or not active 2)… …

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  • 8 vegetate — /vej i tayt /, v.i., vegetated, vegetating. 1. to grow in, or as in, the manner of a plant. 2. to be passive or unthinking; to do nothing: to lie on the beach and vegetate. 3. Pathol. to grow, or increase by growth, as an excrescence. [1595 1605; …

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  • 9 vegetate — veg|e|tate [ˈvedʒıteıt] v [I] [Date: 1600 1700; : Medieval Latin; Origin: , past participle of vegetare; VEGETABLE] to live without doing much physical or mental activity and to feel bored as a result ▪ I was determined when I retired that I wasn …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 vegetate — v To do nothing. I don t feel like doing anything; I think I m going home and vegetate tonight. 1980s …

    Historical dictionary of American slang

  • 11 vegetate v — Old gardeners never die they just vegetate …

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  • 12 vegetate — verb ( tated; tating) Etymology: Medieval Latin vegetatus, past participle of vegetare to grow Date: 1605 intransitive verb 1. a. to grow in the manner of a plant; also to grow exuberantly or with proliferation of fleshy or warty outgrowths b. to …

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  • 13 vegetate — verb a) To grow or sprout. b) To spread abnormally …

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  • 14 vegetate — Synonyms and related words: be a sideliner, be still, blossom, brew, bud, burgeon, burst forth, coast, delay, develop, do nothing, drift, flourish, fust, gather, gemmate, germinate, grow, grow rank, grow up, hang fire, hibernate, hypertrophy,… …

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  • 15 vegetate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. stagnate, exist. See existence, inactivity. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To germinate] Syn. sprout, bud, blossom; see bloom , grow 1 . 2. [To stagnate] Syn. hibernate, stagnate, languish; see decay ,… …

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  • 16 vegetate — veg|e|tate [ vedʒə,teıt ] verb intransitive 1. ) to be lazy or not active 2. ) TECHNICAL to start producing leaves or flowers …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 vegetate — [[t]ve̱ʤɪteɪt[/t]] vegetates, vegetating, vegetated VERB If someone vegetates, they spend their time doing boring or worthless things. He spends all his free time at home vegetating in front of the TV …

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  • 18 vegetate — veg·e·tate || vedʒɪteɪt v. grow, produce vegetation (as a plant); lead a dull and inactive life …

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  • 19 vegetate — (veg out) not do anything, be a couch potato    After work he just vegetates just sits there and says nothing …

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  • 20 vegetate — verb 1》 live or spend a period of time in a dull, inactive, unchallenging way. 2》 dated (of a plant or seed) grow or sprout. Origin C17 (earlier (ME) in vegetative): from L. vegetat , vegetare enliven …

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