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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of vegetate.


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  • One vegetates, that is to say, one develops in a certain meagre fashion, which is, however, sufficient for life.

    Les Miserables, Volume III, Marius

  • Thus, the Cuban Communist Party General Secretary appears now -- to the eyes of possible inspectors -- as if he were a lathe operator, when everyone knows he vegetates behind a desk piled high with old yellowed documents.

    Yoani Sanchez: New Year Brings More Layoffs in Cuba

  • "There is life in Paris only," he insisted, "and one vegetates elsewhere."

    For Love of Laissez-Faire

  • This flower vegetates; but is there any real being called vegetation?

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Poor pedant! thou seest a plant which vegetates, and thou sayest, “vegetation,” or perhaps “vegetative soul.”

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • A company of soldiers vegetates in quarters in a yet sleepier region than the town itself.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • My fingers too had now got within reach of the true, the genuine sensitive plant, which, instead of shrinking from the touch, joys to meet it, and swells and vegetates under it: mine pleasingly informed me that matters were so ripe for the discovery we meditated, that they were too mighty for the confinement they were ready to break.

    Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

  • A circumstance which would facilitate the extensive propagation of the coffee on the proper clay soil is this: The seed, when buried beneath the soil, generally dies, while that which is sown broadcast, with no covering except the shade of the trees, vegetates readily.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • In the distance could be seen the wadys with their torrential waters, their forests of palm-trees, and blocks of small houses grouped on a hill around a mosque, among them Metlili, where there vegetates a religious chief. the grand marabout Sidi

    Robur the Conqueror

  • Charles Bonnet, etc., one finds in the monads of Leibnitz, in the organic molecules of Buffon, in the vegetative force of Needham, in the jointing of similar parts of Charles Bonnet — who was bold enough to write in 1760: ‘The animal vegetates like the plant;’ one finds, I say, the rudiments of the beautiful law of self for self on which the unity of composition reposes.



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