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castrate

[kas-treyt] /ˈkæs treɪt/
verb (used with object), castrated, castrating.
1.
to remove the testes of; emasculate; geld.
2.
to remove the ovaries of.
3.
Psychology. to render impotent, literally or metaphorically, by psychological means, especially by threatening a person's masculinity or femininity.
4.
to deprive of strength, power, or efficiency; weaken:
Without those ten new submarines, our navy will be castrated.
noun
5.
a castrated person or animal.
Origin of castrate
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin castrātus past participle of castrāre to geld, equivalent to castr- geld + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
castration, noun
castrator, noun
uncastrated, adjective
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  • Pigs are castrated at all ages, from a fortnight to three, six and eight weeks, and even four months old.

    Sheep, Swine, and Poultry Robert Jennings
  • Before the kids are allowed to go out with the flock the males should be castrated.

  • As the bulls became old and developed signs of viciousness, they were castrated, younger animals being used for breeding.

    Fur Farming A. R. Harding
  • But in Bontoc the boar not intended for breeding is castrated.

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • What, then, do they say is signified by the castrated Atys himself, and whatever remained to him after his castration?

    The City of God, Volume I Aurelius Augustine
  • It is in this spirit, and with such apologies, that historians have often castrated their own history.

    Amenities of Literature Isaac Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for castrated

castrate

/kæˈstreɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to remove the testicles of; emasculate; geld
2.
to deprive of vigour, masculinity, etc
3.
to remove the ovaries of; spay
4.
to expurgate or censor (a book, play, etc)
Derived Forms
castration, noun
castrator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin castrāre to emasculate, geld
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Word Origin and History for castrated

castrate

v.

1610s (implied in castrated), back-formation from castration (q.v.), or from Latin castratus, past participle of castrare. The figurative sense is attested earlier (1550s). Related: Castrating.

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castrated in Medicine

castrate cas·trate (kās'trāt')
v. cas·trat·ed, cas·trat·ing, cas·trates

  1. To remove the testicles of a male; emasculate.

  2. To remove the ovaries of a female; spay.

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