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)



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  • strangely, i thought this word was germane to the word vegetation

    April 11, 2008