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

 

expectorate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspektəreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspektəreɪt//
 
[intransitive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they expectorate
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspektəreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspektəreɪt//
 
he / she / it expectorates
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspektəreɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspektəreɪts//
 
past simple expectorated
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspektəreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspektəreɪtɪd//
 
past participle expectorated
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspektəreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspektəreɪtɪd//
 
-ing form expectorating
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspektəreɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspektəreɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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to cough and make phlegm come up from your lungs into your mouth so you can spit it out Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘enable sputum to be coughed up’, referring to medicine): from Latin expectorat- ‘expelled from the chest’, from the verb expectorare, from ex- ‘out’ + pectus, pector- ‘breast’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: expectorate