Definition of defecate in English:

defecate

Line breaks: defe|cate
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛfɪkeɪt
 
, ˈdiːf-/
(British also defaecate)

verb

[no object]
Discharge faeces from the body.
More example sentences
  • In this story, the first sago came from inside a man's body who defecated and the sago fell to the ground and became a sago palm.
  • Drinking warm liquids in the morning is particularly helpful to stimulate bowel activity because your body naturally wants to defecate about a half hour after consuming a warm beverage.
  • It is a sad indictment of our times that in the twenty-first century, people in the developing world cannot access safe water and are filling bowls from streams, queuing at village pumps and defecating in ‘free range’ toilets.
Synonyms
excrete, pass/discharge/excrete faeces, have a bowel movement, have a BM, evacuate one's bowels, open one's bowels, void excrement, relieve oneself, go to the lavatory
informal do number two, do a pooh, do a whoopsie
vulgar slang crap, have a crap, shit, have a shit, dump, have a dump

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'clear of dregs, purify'): from Latin defaecat- 'cleared of dregs', from the verb defaecare, from de- (expressing removal) + faex, faec- 'dregs'. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.

Derivatives

defecator

noun
More example sentences
  • We've had to put up with acts of vandalism, urinating, defecators and damage to cars and property.
  • Community-level studies also combine seed regurgitators and seed defecators, for whom costs of seed ingestion are likely to be quite different.
  • In some cases it was not possible to record individual defecator information, and instead after the study group vacated an area, the area was searched for fresh fecal samples.

defecatory

adjective
More example sentences
  • Then there's the words relating to bodily functions, be that copulatory or defecatory.
  • As many as 6-10% of all women experience new defecatory symptoms postpartum, and anywhere between 13% and 20% experience loss of control of flatus.
  • Degenerative neuromuscular disorders which affect the defecatory process are extremely difficult to treat and in some instances a colostomy is the only socially acceptable intervention.

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