Definition of vegetate in English:

vegetate

Line breaks: vege|tate
Pronunciation: /ˈvɛdʒɪteɪt
 
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verb

[no object]
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 vegetate
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
More 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.

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin vegetat- 'enlivened', from the verb vegetare, from vegetus 'active', from vegere 'be active'.

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