intransitive verb-·tat·ed, -·tat·ing
- to grow as plants
- to exist with little mental and physical activity; lead a dull, inactive life
- Med. to grow or increase in size, as a wart or other abnormal outgrowth does
Origin of vegetatefrom Classical Latin vegetatus, past participle of vegetare, to enliven from vegetus, lively from vegere, to quicken, wake; vegetatesenses and influenced, influence by vegetable
verbveg·e·tat·ed, veg·e·tat·ing, veg·e·tates
- To grow or sprout as a plant does.
- Medicine To grow pathologically on a body part, as a wartlike lesion on a heart valve.
- a. To exist in a state of physical or mental inactivity: He was just vegetating in his parents' house all winter.b. To engage in relaxing or passive activities, such as watching television: stayed home and vegetated last night.
Origin of vegetateLatin vegetāre vegetāt- to enliven ; see vegetable .
(third-person singular simple present vegetates, present participle vegetating, simple past and past participle vegetated)
From Latin vegetatum, past participle of vegeto (“I enliven, I arouse")