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Vegetate \Veg"e*tate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Vegetated; p. pr. & vb. n. Vegetating.] [L. vegetatus, p. p. of vegetare to enliven. See Vegetable.]

  1. To grow, as plants, by nutriment imbibed by means of roots and leaves; to start into growth; to sprout; to germinate.

    See dying vegetables life sustain, See life dissolving vegetate again.

  2. Fig.: To lead a live too low for an animate creature; to do nothing but eat and grow.

    Persons who . . . would have vegetated stupidly in the places where fortune had fixed them.

  3. (Med.) To grow exuberantly; to produce fleshy or warty outgrowths; as, a vegetating papule.


vb. (present participle of vegetate English)

Usage examples of "vegetating".

He’s stopped vegetating behind his video games to work hard with the business.

Now my Gertraude, she has been in a comatose and vegetating state for almost one year.

But as it was, he succeeded in vegetating in pleasant fatigue for hours at a time, without compulsions, without anxiety, without thoughts.