verb (used without object), vegetated, vegetating.
to grow in, or as in, the manner of a plant.
to be passive or unthinking; to do nothing: to lie on the beach and vegetate.
Pathology. to grow, or increase by growth, as an excrescence.

1595–1605; < Latin vegetātus (past participle of vegetāre to quicken, enliven), equivalent to veget(us) lively (orig. past participle of vegēre to give vigor) + -ātus -ate1 Unabridged
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vegetate (ˈvɛdʒɪˌteɪt)
1.  to grow like a plant; sprout
2.  to lead a life characterized by monotony, passivity, or mental inactivity
3.  pathol (of a wart, polyp, etc) to develop fleshy outgrowths
[C17: from Late Latin vegetāre to invigorate]

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Word Origin & History

1605, "to grow as plants do," perhaps a back-formation from vegetation, or from L. vegetatus, pp. of vegetare "to enliven, to animate" (see vegetable). Sense of "to lead a dull, empty, or stagnant life" is from 1740.
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Example sentences for vegetated
After rainfall the vegetated areas are distinctly cooler than the surroundings.
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