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copulate

Syllabification: cop·u·late
Pronunciation: /ˈkäpyəˌlāt
 
/

Definition of copulate in English:

verb

[no object]
Have sexual intercourse.
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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

copulatory

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Pronunciation: /-ləˌtôrē/
adjective
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.

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