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vegetate

[vej-i-teyt] /ˈvɛdʒ ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used without object), vegetated, vegetating.
1.
to grow in, or as in, the manner of a plant.
2.
to be passive or unthinking; to do nothing:
to lie on the beach and vegetate.
3.
Pathology. to grow, or increase by growth, as an excrescence.
Origin
1595-1605
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
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Examples for vegetated
  • After rainfall the vegetated areas are distinctly cooler than the surroundings.
British Dictionary definitions for vegetated

vegetate

/ˈvɛdʒɪˌteɪt/
verb (intransitive)
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
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin vegetāre to invigorate
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Word Origin and History for vegetated
vegetate
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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