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

 

copulate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkɒpjuleɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːpjuleɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they copulate
BrE BrE//ˈkɒpjuleɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːpjuleɪt//
 
he / she / it copulates
BrE BrE//ˈkɒpjuleɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːpjuleɪts//
 
past simple copulated
BrE BrE//ˈkɒpjuleɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːpjuleɪtɪd//
 
past participle copulated
BrE BrE//ˈkɒpjuleɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːpjuleɪtɪd//
 
-ing form copulating
BrE BrE//ˈkɒpjuleɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːpjuleɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] copulate (with somebody/something) (specialist) to have sex Some animals perform elaborate mating rituals before they copulate. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘join’): from Latin copulat- ‘fastened together’, from the verb copulare, from copula, from co- ‘together’ + apere ‘fasten’.
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