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[ri-gur-ji-teyt] /rɪˈgɜr dʒɪˌteɪt/
verb (used without object), regurgitated, regurgitating.
to surge or rush back, as liquids, gases, undigested food, etc.
verb (used with object), regurgitated, regurgitating.
to cause to surge or rush back; vomit.
to give back or repeat, especially something not fully understood or assimilated:
to regurgitate the teacher's lectures on the exam.
Origin of regurgitate
1645-55; < Medieval Latin regurgitātus (past participle of regurgitāre), equivalent to re- re- + gurgit-, stem of gurges whirlpool, flood, stream + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
[ri-gur-ji-tuh nt] /rɪˈgɜr dʒɪ tənt/ (Show IPA),
unregurgitated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for regurgitate
  • Horses cannot breathe through their mouths, regurgitate food or vomit.
  • The birds regurgitate a reeking and corrosive vomit as a natural defense.
  • They regurgitate their food and chew it as cud before final digestion.
  • There are some animals that all zoology enthusiasts have heard of but can only regurgitate the same old facts about them.
  • Try and keep one or two things in your head to regurgitate later.
  • With bellies full of small fish, they will regurgitate a portion for waiting chicks.
  • It would never regurgitate partisan topics pushed by politically extreme bloggers or cite blogs as it's sources.
  • Many would simply regurgitate text or phrases they had heard from leadership when asked for an opinion.
  • Well-fed bats will often regurgitate blood to share with others in exchange for grooming.
  • The refrigerator was kept locked, they said, out of fear that the boys would overeat and then regurgitate their food.
British Dictionary definitions for regurgitate


to vomit forth (partially digested food)
(of some birds and certain other animals) to bring back to the mouth (undigested or partly digested food with which to feed the young)
(intransitive) to be cast up or out, esp from the mouth
(intransitive) (med) (of blood) to flow backwards, in a direction opposite to the normal one, esp through a defective heart valve
Derived Forms
regurgitant, noun, adjective
regurgitation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin regurgitāre, from re- + gurgitāre to flood, from Latin gurges gulf, whirlpool
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Word Origin and History for regurgitate

1640s (intransitive), 1753 (transitive), back formation from regurgitation, or else from Medieval Latin regurgitatus, past participle of regurgitare. Meaning "to vomit" first attested 1753. Related: Regurgitated; regurgitating.

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regurgitate in Medicine

regurgitate re·gur·gi·tate (rē-gûr'jĭ-tāt')
v. re·gur·gi·tat·ed, re·gur·gi·tat·ing, re·gur·gi·tates

  1. To rush or surge back.

  2. To cause to pour back, especially to cast up partially digested food.

re·gur'gi·tant (-tənt) adj.
re·gur'gi·ta'tion n.
re·gur'gi·ta'tive adj.
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