- 1Live or spend a period of time in a dull, inactive, unchallenging way: if she left him alone, he’d sit in front of the television and vegetateMore example sentences
do nothing, idle, be inactive, languish, laze (around/about), lounge (around/about), loll (around/about), loaf (around/about), slouch (around/about); go to seed, degenerate, moulder, stagnate
- I thought I was faced with vegetating on benefits until pensionable age, but I'm now ready for a new future.
- John was vegetating and getting demotivated because of the lack of work opportunities.
- ‘I'm not sitting and vegetating, I need to get cracking,’ he said.
- 2.1 [with object] Cause plants to grow in or cover (a place): the final task was to vegetate the area used to store the muck dredged from the pondMore example sentences
- This area is lightly vegetated with juniper, pine, sage, and grasses.
- The Board plans to vegetate Waterfall Gully with more native trees and plants.
- Although there were abundant lakes and ponds on the islands, they would have been vegetated chiefly by bulrushes.
early 17th century: from Latin vegetat- 'enlivened', from the verb vegetare, from vegetus 'active', from vegere 'be active'.