Definition of vegetate in English:


Line breaks: vege|tate
Pronunciation: /ˈvɛdʒɪteɪt


[no object]
  • 2 dated (Of a plant or seed) grow; sprout: he advised that seeds be sent in a vegetating condition
  • 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 pond
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    • 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'.

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