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engorge

[en-gawrj] /ɛnˈgɔrdʒ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), engorged, engorging.
1.
to swallow greedily; glut or gorge.
2.
Pathology. to congest with blood.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; < Middle French engorger. See en-1, gorge
Related forms
engorgement, noun
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Examples from the web for engorge
  • Capillaries engorge and begin to leak, causing the brain to swell.
  • The workers begin to engorge themselves on the honey reserve in preparation for a swarm.
British Dictionary definitions for engorge

engorge

/ɪnˈɡɔːdʒ/
verb (transitive)
1.
(pathol) to congest with blood
2.
to eat (food) ravenously or greedily
3.
to gorge (oneself); glut; satiate
Derived Forms
engorgement, noun

gorge

/ɡɔːdʒ/
noun
1.
a deep ravine, esp one through which a river runs
2.
the contents of the stomach
3.
feelings of disgust or resentment (esp in the phrase one's gorge rises)
4.
an obstructing mass: an ice gorge
5.
(fortifications)
  1. a narrow rear entrance to a work
  2. the narrow part of a bastion or outwork
6.
(archaic) the throat or gullet
verb
7.
(intransitive) (falconry) (of hawks) to eat until the crop is completely full
8.
to swallow (food) ravenously
9.
(transitive) to stuff (oneself) with food
Derived Forms
gorgeable, adjective
gorger, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French gorger to stuff, from gorge throat, from Late Latin gurga, modification of Latin gurges whirlpool
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Word Origin and History for engorge
v.

1510s, from French engorger "to obstruct, block, congest," Old French engorgier "to swallow, devour," from en- (see en- (1)) + gorge "throat" (see gorge (n.)). Probably originally in reference to hawks. Related: Engorged; engorging.

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engorge in Medicine

engorge en·gorge (ěn-gôrj')
v. en·gorged, en·gorg·ing, en·gorg·es
To fill to excess, as with blood or other fluid.


en·gorge'ment n.
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