from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To grow or sprout as a plant does.
- intransitive v. Pathology To grow in size or spread abnormally.
- intransitive v. To exist in a state of physical or mental inactivity or insensibility.
- intransitive v. Informal To engage in relaxing or passive activities, such as watching television.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To grow or sprout.
- v. To spread abnormally.
- v. To live or spend a period of time in a dull, inactive, un-challenging way.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To grow, as plants, by nutriment imbibed by means of roots and leaves; to start into growth; to sprout; to germinate.
- intransitive v. Fig.: To lead a life too low for an animate creature; to do nothing but eat and grow.
- intransitive v. To grow exuberantly; to produce fleshy or warty outgrowths.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In pathology, to grow in the form of an excrescence.
- Same as sprout, 5.
- To grow in the manner of plants; fulfil vegetable functions.
- Hence To live an idle, unthinking, useless life; have a mere inactive physical existence; live on without material or intellectual achievement.
- To cause to vegetate or grow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. produce vegetation
- v. engage in passive relaxation
- v. establish vegetation on
- v. grow like a plant
- v. propagate asexually
- v. lead a passive existence without using one's body or mind
- v. grow or spread abnormally
Latin vegetāre, vegetāt-, to enliven; see vegetable.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vegetatum, past participle of vegeto ("I enliven, I arouse") (Wiktionary)