- to remove the testicles of; emasculate; geld
- Rare to remove the ovaries of; spay
- to deprive of essential virility, vigor, or significance by mutilating, expurgating, subjugating, etc.; emasculate
Origin of castrate; from Classical Latin castratus, past participle of castrare, to castrate, prune: for Indo-European base see caste
transitive verbcas·trat·ed, cas·trat·ing, cas·trates
- To remove the testicles of (a male); geld or emasculate.
- To remove the ovaries of (a female); spay.
- To deprive of virility or spirit; emasculate.
Origin of castrateLatin castrare, castrat-; see kes- in Indo-European roots.
- cas′trat·er, cas′tra·tor
(third-person singular simple present castrates, present participle castrating, simple past and past participle castrated)
From Latin castrātus, past participle of castrō.