Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To render fit or make qualified; enable.
  • transitive v. Biology To cause (spermatozoa) to undergo the physical changes needed to penetrate and fertilize an egg.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make capable.
  • v. To alter sperm to allow to fertilize eggs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To render capable; to enable; to qualify.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make capable; enable.
  • Specifically— To furnish with legal powers; qualify: as, to capacitate one for an office.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make legally capable or qualify in law
  • v. cause (spermatozoa) to undergo the physical changes necessary to fertilize an egg
  • v. make capable

Etymologies

capacit(y) + -ate1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From capacity +‎ -ate (Wiktionary)

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