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

 

fornicate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːnɪkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrnɪkeɪt//
 
[intransitive] (formal, disapproving)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fornicate
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːnɪkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrnɪkeɪt//
 
he / she / it fornicates
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːnɪkeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrnɪkeɪts//
 
past simple fornicated
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːnɪkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrnɪkeɪtɪd//
 
past participle fornicated
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːnɪkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrnɪkeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form fornicating
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːnɪkeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrnɪkeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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to have sex with somebody that you are not married to Word Origin Middle English (as fornication): from ecclesiastical Latin fornicat- ‘arched’, from fornicari, from Latin fornix, fornic- ‘vaulted chamber’, later ‘brothel’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fornicate