Definition of vegetablize in English:

vegetablize

(also vegetabilize, vegetableize)

verb

  • 1with object To convert into, or cause to resemble, a vegetable substance; to make or render vegetable.

  • 2no object To lose interest in or capacity for intellectual or social activity. rare.

  • 3with object To render (a person) docile or passive by impairing his or her intellectual function, usually as a means of treating violent behaviour, drug addiction, etc. Also in extended use. Now rare.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Encyclopaedia Metropolitana. From vegetable + -ize.

Pronunciation

vegetablize

/ˈvɛdʒ(ɪ)təb(ə)lʌɪz/