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

 

excrete

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪkˈskriːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈskriːt//
 
[intransitive] (specialist)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they excrete
BrE BrE//ɪkˈskriːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈskriːt//
 
he / she / it excretes
BrE BrE//ɪkˈskriːts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈskriːts//
 
past simple excreted
BrE BrE//ɪkˈskriːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈskriːtɪd//
 
past participle excreted
BrE BrE//ɪkˈskriːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈskriːtɪd//
 
-ing form excreting
BrE BrE//ɪkˈskriːtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈskriːtɪŋ//
 
 
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to pass solid or liquid waste matter from the body Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin excret- ‘sifted out’, from the verb excernere, from ex- ‘out’ + cernere ‘sift’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: excrete