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

  • intransitive verb To engage in relaxing or passive activities. Often used with out.

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  • noun psychology A unit of subjective weight, equivalent to the perceived weight of lifting 100 grams.
  • adjective vegetarian
  • noun colloquial vegetable.
  • verb colloquial to vegetate; to engage in complete inactivity; to rest

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  • noun edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant

Etymologies

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

[Short for vegetate.]

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Coined in a 1948 paper in the American Journal of Psychology by Robert S. Harper and S. S. Stevens.,

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Shortened form of various related words including vegetable, vegetarian, and vegetate.

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