Defecate definition

dĕfĭ-kāt
To excrete waste matter from the bowels.
verb
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To become free from impurities.
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To void feces from the bowels.
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To void feces from the bowels.
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To remove impurities from; refine (sugar, wine, etc.)
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To void (feces) from the bowels.
verb
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(now rare) To purify, to clean of dregs etc.
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To remove impurities from (a liquid, such as fruit juice), especially in sugar refining.
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To defecate is defined as to have a bowel movement.

When you expel feces, this is an example of a time when you defecate.

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(now rare) To purge; to pass (something) as excrement.
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(intransitive) To empty one's bowels of feces.
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(obsolete) Freed from pollutants, dregs, lees, etc.; refined; purified.
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Origin of defecate

  • Latin dēfaecāre to clean the dregs from dē- de- faex faec- dregs

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the participle stem of Latin dēfaecāre (“to purify”), from de- and faex (“dreg, impurity”).

    From Wiktionary