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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 regurgitated
  • The milk that is regurgitated by pigeons and other birds is not evolutionary related to mammalian milk.
  • There they willingly feed it regurgitated liquids mouth to mouth, a diet it supplements by eating the ants' brood.
  • Then one that was greeting the pups regurgitated and a big lump of flesh erupted from his mouth.
  • The bright blue bioluminescent cloud the shrimp expels isn't regurgitated stomach contents.
  • Its beak is open, ready to be regurgitated into in the form of a retweet.
  • So far, fair or not, the story as regurgitated through you makes me smell a rat.
  • Found at owl roosts and nest sites, these regurgitated pellets can tell the story of an owl's diet.
  • Seven regurgitated food samples were also collected.
  • Parents feed regurgitated squid and stomach oil to chicks.
  • Gray cylindrical pellets, which are clusters of indigestible regurgitated parts of prey such as bones feathers and fur.
British Dictionary definitions for regurgitated


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 regurgitated



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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regurgitated 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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