Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To remove the testicles of (a male); geld or emasculate.
  • transitive verb To remove the ovaries of (a female); spay.
  • transitive verb To deprive of virility or spirit; emasculate.
  • noun An individual who is incapable of reproduction as a result of removal, destruction, or inactivation of the gonads.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Gelded; emasculated.
  • In botany, deprived of the anthers; anantherous: applied to stamens or flowers.
  • noun One who or that which has been castrated, gelded, or emasculated; a eunuch.
  • To deprive of the testicles; geld; emasculate.
  • In botany, to deprive (a flower) of its anthers.
  • To remove something objectionable from, as obscene parts from a writing; expurgate; destroy the strength or virility of; emasculate.
  • To take out a leaf or sheet from, and render imperfect; mutilate.
  • Figuratively, to take the vigor or spirit from; mortify.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To deprive of the testicles; to emasculate; to geld; to alter.
  • transitive verb To cut or take out; esp. to remove anything erroneous, or objectionable from, as the obscene parts of a writing; to expurgate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To remove the testicles of.
  • verb transitive To remove the ovaries of.

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

  • verb edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
  • noun a man who has been castrated and is incapable of reproduction
  • verb remove the testicles of a male animal
  • verb remove the ovaries of
  • verb deprive of strength or vigor

Etymologies

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

[Latin castrāre, castrāt-; see kes- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin castrātus, past participle of castrō.

Examples

  • The trial involved 1,432 men with so-called castrate-resistant prostate cancer who were randomly assigned to receive injections every four weeks of denosumab or a placebo.

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  • Preliminary results of the company's ongoing Phase I/IIa clinical trial with Apoptone (HE3235) for hormone-resistant prostate cancer (also called castrate-resistant prostate cancer or CRPC) were presented on November 16, 2009 at the Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics Conference.

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  • Ellen lay out for me every way that she had seen me "castrate" men, or knew that I had by the result.

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  • Further yet, he has astonishingly wondered aloud if she (Pelosi) would "castrate" House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

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  • For example, a delegation from Texas could go to California and show the Californians how to do some traditional Texas thing such as castrate a bull using only your teeth, and then the Californians could show the Texans how to rearrange their football stadiums in accordance with the principles of "feng shui" (for openers, both goalposts should be at the west end of the field).

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  • Italian "castrate" who said he provoked sexual pleasure by partially hanging himself.

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  • The herbicide atrazine, for example, has been shown to chemically "castrate" some male frogs and turn others into females able to lay eggs, according to a March study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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  • The herbicide atrazine, for example, has been shown to chemically "castrate" some male frogs and turn others into females able to lay eggs, according to a March study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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  • The herbicide atrazine, for example, has been shown to chemically "castrate" some male frogs and turn others into females able to lay eggs, according to a March study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    KSDK.com NBC-St. Louis Education

  • The herbicide atrazine, for example, has been shown to chemically "castrate" some male frogs and turn others into females able to lay eggs, according to a March study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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