Definition of


  1. (verb, body) engage in passive relaxation
  2. (verb, body) propagate asexually
  3. (verb, change) grow or spread abnormally
  4. (verb, change) grow like a plant
  5. (verb, change) produce vegetation
  6. (verb, change) establish vegetation on
  7. (verb, stative) lead a passive existence without using one's body or mind

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Synonyms of Vegetate

vege out

Alternate forms of Vegetate

Derivations: vegetation, vegetative

Hypernyms: decompress, grow, live, loosen up, propagate, relax, slow down, unbend, unwind

Origin of the word Vegetate

  1. 1605, "to grow as plants do," perhaps a back-formation from vegetation, or from L. vegetatus, pp. of vegetare "to enliven, to animate" (see vegetable). Sense of "to lead a dull, empty, or stagnant life" is from 1740. more

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