Definition of defecate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

defecate

 verb
(British English also defaecate)verb
BrE BrE//ˈdefəkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdefəkeɪt//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈdiːfəkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːfəkeɪt//
 
[intransitive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they defecate
BrE BrE//ˈdefəkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdefəkeɪt//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈdiːfəkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːfəkeɪt//
 
he / she / it defecates
BrE BrE//ˈdefəkeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdefəkeɪts//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈdiːfəkeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːfəkeɪts//
 
past simple defecated
BrE BrE//ˈdefəkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdefəkeɪtɪd//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈdiːfəkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːfəkeɪtɪd//
 
past participle defecated
BrE BrE//ˈdefəkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdefəkeɪtɪd//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈdiːfəkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːfəkeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form defecating
BrE BrE//ˈdefəkeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdefəkeɪtɪŋ//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈdiːfəkeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːfəkeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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to get rid of solid waste from your body through your bowels Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘clear of dregs, purify’): from Latin defaecat- ‘cleared of dregs’, from the verb defaecare, from de- (expressing removal) + faex, faec- ‘dregs’. The current sense dates from the mid 19th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: defecate