Definition of ingurgitate in English:



[WITH OBJECT]literary
  • Swallow (something) greedily.

    ‘its empty holds are ingurgitating a vast, continuous rush of murky brown seawater’
    • ‘Even the most individual act of ingurgitating food into one's body is inherently collective.’
    • ‘When a frog swallows a fly, it also ingurgitates an army of microbes, which have to be eliminated or, at least, whose growth rate has to be checked.’
    • ‘Thirteen more French loaves and the butter is all ingurgitated.’
    • ‘They also have the time of their life playing with the scientific equipment, ingurgitating experimental chemical substances that alter their abilities and appearances.’
    • ‘Some smoke grass, a few get stoned, most ingurgitate large quantities of beer, and all use constantly a pathetically tiny vocabulary of dirty words.’
    consume, devour, ingest, partake of, gobble, gobble down, gobble up, cram down
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Late 16th century: from Latin ingurgitat- poured in, drenched, from the verb ingurgitare, from in- into + gurges, gurgit- whirlpool, gulf.