- An example of regurgitate is to eat something and then have the food come back up the esophagus from the stomach.
- An example of regurgitate is the smell of baking cookies causing the return of childhood memories.
intransitive verb-·tat·ed, -·tat·ing
Origin of regurgitatefrom Medieval Latin regurgitatus, past participle of regurgitare, to regurgitate from re-, back + Late Latin gurgitare, to flood from gurges (gen. gurgitis): see gorge
- to cause to surge or flow back; specif., to bring (partly digested food) from the stomach back to the mouth
- Informal to repeat (information, an idea, etc.) without modification, interpretation, etc.: students that merely regurgitate facts during an exam
verbre·gur·gi·tat·ed, re·gur·gi·tat·ing, re·gur·gi·tates
- To cause to pour back, especially to cast up (partially digested food).
- To repeat (facts or other learned items) from memory with little reflection.
Origin of regurgitateMedieval Latin regurgitāre regurgitāt- to overflow Latin re- re- Late Latin gurgitāre to engulf, flood ( from Latin gurges gurgit- whirlpool )
(third-person singular simple present regurgitates, present participle regurgitating, simple past and past participle regurgitated)
- To throw up or vomit; to eject what has previously been swallowed.
- To cough up from the gut to feed its young, as a bird or animal does.
- The young gulls were fed by their mother's regurgitated food.
- (by extension) To repeat verbatim.
- (intransitive) To be thrown or poured back; to rush or surge back.
- Food may regurgitate from the stomach into the mouth.
From Late Latin regurgitatus, past participle of regurgitare, combined form of re- (“back") + gurgitare (“to engulf, flood"), from gurges (“whirlpool, gulf, sea, abyss").