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 c&omacron;pul&amacron;re, c&omacron;pul&amacron;t-, to join together, from c&omacron;pula, 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-