Definition of regurgitate in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Bring (swallowed food) up again to the mouth.

    ‘gulls regurgitate food for the chicks’
    • ‘Patients may miss appointments, may not actually swallow the pills, or may deliberately regurgitate the medications.’
    • ‘I really felt like I was going to regurgitate the biscuits I'd consumed at my brother's house.’
    • ‘However, in the two months prior to his clinic visit, he had nearly daily episodes of severe chest pain that was typically triggered by food intake and resolved only after regurgitating his food.’
    • ‘Stomach acid that is repeatedly regurgitated can damage the lining of the gullet.’
    • ‘I felt so out of it that James had to stop the car for me to catch a breath of fresh air before I regurgitated that morning's breakfast in the car.’
    • ‘The bee transports her precious contents to the hive, where she regurgitates it from the honey sac to a waiting house bee.’
    • ‘She frequently regurgitated undigested food, which alleviated the pressure and chest discomfort.’
    • ‘Kelvin started spitting hysterically, and swallowing down large amounts of water before regurgitating the water back out again.’
    • ‘They then navigate back in the dark and head for their burrows before any predators catch them regurgitating the fish for their greedy chicks.’
    • ‘And it starts pecking and the mother then regurgitates half digested food into the gaping mouth of the chick, the chick swallows it and it's happy.’
    • ‘If someone with this condition being fed by tube develops a problem, they may regurgitate and choke on their food.’
    • ‘Any moment now he was going to regurgitate breakfast.’
    • ‘He's living off regurgitated food from his mother at the moment.’
    • ‘Feeding events were easily identified by characteristic sounds, including persistent begging calls and adult bill clapping, but especially the clearly identifiable sound of a parent regurgitating food to the chick.’
    • ‘Before six months of age chicks continue to stay around the nest as their parents bring back food and regurgitate it for them.’
    vomit, bring up, disgorge
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    1. 1.1 Repeat (information) without analyzing or comprehending it.
      ‘facts that can then be regurgitated at examinations’
      • ‘I wish people would bother to learn some history instead of regurgitating propaganda.’
      • ‘If it sounds like I'm writing a paper for film school, that's because I'm basically regurgitating one of my papers from film school.’
      • ‘Mostly, they can regurgitate facts, theories - they can prepare for exams.’
      • ‘There are a lot of people out there who will steer you in the wrong direction because they are just regurgitating old information that might have worked years ago.’
      • ‘She reads that and studies it, and then believe it or not, regurgitates all of the symptoms in that book back to Hutchinson.’
      • ‘Facts were received, processed, stored then regurgitated, pitched perfectly at the needs of essay and exam marker.’
      • ‘They feel that to be successful they simply have to regurgitate the material during examinations.’
      • ‘Those children who prove best able to adapt to the system and the speed of it all are deemed ‘bright’ because they were able to focus on the narrow confines of subject matter and regurgitate it.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, much of the public have turned their backs on the campaigns, apparently uninterested in politicians regurgitating programs not very different from those of the 1999 general elections.’
      • ‘I hardly listen to radio in the morning, except to quickly digest the news, much of which is regurgitated from the previous night anyway.’
      • ‘Most simply regurgitate the same old reductive, formulaic information.’
      • ‘And there were always enough hacks about to swallow and regurgitate the disinformation they were fed daily.’
      • ‘Others stayed home to protest at the over-control of the campaign, the same men in grey suits regurgitating their party mantra like speaking clocks.’
      • ‘All too often, journalists refer to official documents, such as the latest White Paper, regurgitating details but without any analysis of their validity in a rapidly changing strategic environment.’
      • ‘The research service regurgitated a report early last week which said that ethics law required all members of the commission to make public a list of any clients who'd paid them over $5,000 within the last two years.’
      • ‘The 32-year-old Iraqi-American actress calls herself a ‘sponge’, listening, soaking up and regurgitating stories.’
      • ‘It tried to gauge how well pupils were able to apply their knowledge in real life rather than simply regurgitate facts and figures.’
      • ‘The kids are encouraged to not just regurgitate information they find on the Internet, but instead process it and use it to help express their own ideas.’
      • ‘They want a populace that will absorb spin as fact and regurgitate it when ‘tested’ on election day.’
      repeat, say again, restate, recapitulate, iterate, reiterate, recite, rehearse, parrot
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Late 16th century: from medieval Latin regurgitat-, from the verb regurgitare, from Latin re- ‘again, back’ + gurges, gurgit- ‘whirlpool’.