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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.
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 regurgitating
  • Alternatively, you can bang on a drum to frighten the dragon into regurgitating the moon.
  • Many others, having cut their own newsrooms, have become more dependent than ever on regurgitating agency copy.
  • Called a regurgitating valve, this allows pumped blood to wash back into the heart.
  • They both address taking in information garnered through the day, processing it and regurgitating a useful response.
  • By regurgitating gasbag talking points, deniers will never alter the perception of climate mavens.
  • So, stop regurgitating your interpretation of what skeptical science has to say on the topic and think for yourself.
  • But to prevent the fast-flowing water from regurgitating out, they shut their mouth with each breath.
  • Not simply regurgitating what another author has to say about a paper.
  • There is not a whole lot of creative potential in simply regurgitating the day's brain patterns.
  • Stop reading regurgitating other blogs and do some research.
British Dictionary definitions for regurgitating


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for regurgitating



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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regurgitating 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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