Definition of vegetate in English:

vegetate

verb

[no object]
  • 1Live or spend a period of time in a dull, inactive, unchallenging way.

    ‘if she left him alone, he'd sit in front of the television and vegetate’
    • ‘Aunt Lou is still vegetating in Holy Light Nursing Home.’
    • ‘Joseph prefers to vegetate on a sofa and read his books.’
    • ‘We're back, after two weeks of vegetating in Bangalore, in the most beautiful cool weather.’
    • ‘If I don't help him along, he will sit there and vegetate.’
    • ‘‘I'm not sitting and vegetating, I need to get cracking,’ he said.’
    • ‘I thought I was faced with vegetating on benefits until pensionable age, but I'm now ready for a new future.’
    • ‘I've drunk myself stupid at university, I've smoked, and I've vegetated.’
    • ‘Instead I was vegetating, bringing the kids home from school, doing crosswords.’
    • ‘It was his first competitive action since Royal St George's, following a much-needed break in which he vegetated on the sofa and reacquainted himself with his Rangers season-ticket.’
    • ‘If I had my druthers, I'd so be staying here for the weekend and just vegetating.’
    • ‘John was vegetating and getting demotivated because of the lack of work opportunities.’
    • ‘All you do is vegetate and count the milliseconds until you can go home.’
    • ‘So I'm going to just vegetate a bit and collapse.’
    • ‘I work long days, and then tend to vegetate when I'm not working, so I'm always at one of extremes, activity-wise.’
    • ‘I should take a night or a day to just stop and vegetate - take a bubble bath or watch a movie - but I haven't been able to bring myself to do so yet.’
    • ‘Now, he was quite content to work on and draw a fairly respectable salary as an alternative to vegetating on a basic old age pension.’
    • ‘Not that I read any more or make music or write - I just vegetate in front of the myriad digital channels we now have.’
    • ‘I didn't want to sit and vegetate in front of the TV so I started the course.’
    • ‘I'm going to vegetate tonight, and then tomorrow I shall transform myself into a super efficient research machine.’
    do nothing, idle, be inactive, languish, laze, laze about, laze around, lounge, lounge about, lounge around, loll, loll about, loll around, loaf, loaf about, loaf around, slouch, slouch about, slouch around
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  • 2dated (of a plant or seed) grow; sprout.

    ‘he advised that seeds be sent in a vegetating condition’
    sprout, shoot up, spring up, develop, bud, burst forth, germinate, bloom
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    1. 2.1with object Cause plants to grow in or cover (a place)
      ‘the final task was to vegetate the area used to store the muck dredged from the pond’
      • ‘This area is lightly vegetated with juniper, pine, sage, and grasses.’
      • ‘But during the last 200 years, exotic annual grasses from Europe started taking over, and now only 2 percent of the state's grasslands are vegetated by native perennial grasses.’
      • ‘Although there were abundant lakes and ponds on the islands, they would have been vegetated chiefly by bulrushes.’
      • ‘To be effective, a vegetative infiltration area must be designed, constructed, vegetated, and adequately maintained.’
      • ‘The Board plans to vegetate Waterfall Gully with more native trees and plants.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin vegetat- ‘enlivened’, from the verb vegetare, from vegetus ‘active’, from vegere ‘be active’.

Pronunciation

vegetate

/ˈvɛdʒɪteɪt/