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regurgitate Syllabification: re·gur·gi·tate
Pronunciation: /rəˈɡərjəˌtāt/

Definition of regurgitate in English:


[with object]
1Bring (swallowed food) up again to the mouth: gulls regurgitate food for the chicks
More example sentences
  • Before six months of age chicks continue to stay around the nest as their parents bring back food and regurgitate it for them.
  • He's living off regurgitated food from his mother at the moment.
  • Feeding events were easily identified by characteristic sounds, including persistent begging calls and adult bill clapping, but especially the clearly identifiable sound of a parent regurgitating food to the chick.
disgorge, bring up
1.1Repeat (information) without analyzing or comprehending it: facts that can then be regurgitated at examinations
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  • The kids are encouraged to not just regurgitate information they find on the Internet, but instead process it and use it to help express their own ideas.
  • There are a lot of people out there who will steer you in the wrong direction because they are just regurgitating old information that might have worked years ago.
  • Mostly, they can regurgitate facts, theories - they can prepare for exams.
repeat, say again, restate, reiterate, recite, parrot


Pronunciation: /rəˌɡərjəˈtāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Most reports cannot hide the fact that they are mere regurgitations of numbers and figures, wholly lacking in analysis, original thought, or even an interesting writing style.
  • The majority of talks actually attended were generally either surprisingly uneducated or straightforward regurgitations.
  • All other ‘evidence’ is a regurgitation of his words.


Late 16th century: from medieval Latin regurgitat-, from the verb regurgitare, from Latin re- 'again, back' + gurges, gurgit- 'whirlpool'.

  • This comes from medieval Latin regurgitare, formed from Latin re- ‘again, back’ and gurges ‘whirlpool’. It was first applied to fluids or gases to mean ‘gush, pour back again’. It was only in the mid 18th century that it came to mean vomit.

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