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

 

vegetate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈvedʒəteɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvedʒəteɪt//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they vegetate
BrE BrE//ˈvedʒəteɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvedʒəteɪt//
 
he / she / it vegetates
BrE BrE//ˈvedʒəteɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvedʒəteɪts//
 
past simple vegetated
BrE BrE//ˈvedʒəteɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvedʒəteɪtɪd//
 
past participle vegetated
BrE BrE//ˈvedʒəteɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvedʒəteɪtɪd//
 
-ing form vegetating
BrE BrE//ˈvedʒəteɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvedʒəteɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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(of a person) to spend time doing very little and feeling bored Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin vegetat- ‘enlivened’, from the verb vegetare, from vegetus ‘active’, from vegere ‘be active’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: vegetate