intransitive verb-·lat·ed, -·lat·ing
Origin of copulateMiddle English copulaten from Classical Latin copulatus, past participle of copulare, to unite, couple from copula: see copula
intransitive verbcop·u·lat·ed, cop·u·lat·ing, cop·u·lates
- To engage in sexual intercourse in which the penis is inserted into the vagina.
- To transfer male reproductive cells from one individual to another, usually into an internal organ or cavity, such as a cloaca. Used of animals.
Origin of copulateLatin cōpulāre cōpulāt- to join together from cōpula link
(third-person singular simple present copulates, present participle copulating, simple past and past participle copulated)
- To engage in sexual intercourse.
Latin copulare (“to couple”) perfect participle from stem copulat-