Definition of copulate in English:


Syllabification: cop·u·late
Pronunciation: /ˈkäpyəˌlāt


[no object]
  • Have sexual intercourse.
    More example sentences
    • Males typically respond to persistent female sexual initiation by mounting and copulating with the female.
    • As adults, men look at porn because they are, ‘unnaturally’ one might say, hormonally driven to copulate with multiple partners but unable to do so.
    • So if we have one man and one woman who copulate in the standard way, and not in any kind of other way that we find troubling, then they can raise children.



Pronunciation: /-ləˌtôrē/
More example sentences
  • The penis serves as an outlet for urine and semen and as a copulatory organ.
  • Throughout the study period, all mounting behavior and complete copulatory sequences (those involving intromission and ejaculation) were recorded during critical incident sampling.
  • For each male, we used the number of observed copulations as an estimate of his total copulatory success.


late Middle English (in the sense 'join'): from Latin copulat- 'fastened together', from the verb copulare, from copula (see copula).

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