Definition of engorge in US English:



  • 1with object Cause to swell with blood, water, or another fluid.

    ‘the river was engorged by a day-long deluge’
    • ‘This causes greater blood flow to the muscle, delivering more water to engorge the muscle cells with.’
    • ‘Except when engorged by spring meltwater and ice, the Severn River empties serenely into Hudson Bay.’
    • ‘This engorges your muscles with blood and improve nutrient delivery to muscle cells.’
    • ‘If you have your patient strain, you can often recognize an external hemorrhoid as it is engorged with blood and everted.’
    • ‘Following blood feeding, fully engorged mosquitoes were separated and thereafter continuously supplied with sucrose-saturated pads.’
    • ‘This helps promote a pump - the full muscular sensation you get when your target muscles are engorged with blood and fluids - by ‘opening up’ your circulatory system.’
    • ‘Yes, we had one day on a forest trail where we learned their nasty habit of attaching themselves to our skin and sucking our blood until they were so engorged that they dropped off, usually into our boots.’
    • ‘The entire upper arm becomes engorged with oxygen-rich blood, creating a positive growth environment for both muscle groups.’
    • ‘Once feeding is complete the tick is engorged with blood and will fall off.’
    • ‘Or perhaps water reminded them of floods, torrential rain, or raging engorged rivers.’
    • ‘That taut feeling in your muscles when they're engorged with blood and fluids, where you can see every vein and you think that you muscles may explode - it's inspiring, right?’
    • ‘Ticks have three life stages (larva, nymph, and adult), each of which requires a different individual host on which they attach and engorge with blood before dropping off and metamorphosing to the next stage.’
    • ‘Cal slipped easily through traffic that sat idly waiting to be engorged from one slow moving lane into another.’
    • ‘Veins which are not designed to handle so much blood so become engorged and dilated, and occasionally burst.’
    • ‘If your biceps are getting engorged with blood, you're not fully working your back.’
    • ‘If the pressure is not equalized by a larger volume of gas, the space will be filled by tissue engorged with fluid and blood.’
    • ‘Sometimes the beating of her heart was so violent that everyone around could observe it; at autopsy it was seen to be engorged with fresh blood.’
    swollen, bloated, tumescent, dilated, engorged, enlarged, inflated, stretched, blown up, pumped out, pumped up
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  • 2engorge oneselfarchaic Eat to excess.

    • ‘They latch on to bare skin and bury their heads deep in the flesh before engorging themselves to bursting point on fresh blood.’


Late 15th century (in the sense ‘gorge; eat or fill to excess’): from Old French engorgier ‘feed to excess’, from en- ‘into’ + gorge ‘throat’.