Etymology
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vegetate (v.)

c. 1600, "to grow as plants do," perhaps a back-formation from vegetation, or from Latin vegetatus, past participle of vegetare "to enliven, to animate" (see vegetable (adj.)). Sense of "to lead a dull, empty, or stagnant life" is from 1740. Related: Vegetated; vegetating.

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Definitions of vegetate

vegetate (v.)
lead a passive existence without using one's body or mind;
vegetate (v.)
establish vegetation on;
They vegetated the hills behind their house
vegetate (v.)
produce vegetation;
The fields vegetate vigorously
vegetate (v.)
grow like a plant;
This fungus usually vegetates vigorously
vegetate (v.)
grow or spread abnormally;
warts and polyps can vegetate if not removed
vegetate (v.)
propagate asexually;
The bacterial growth vegetated along
vegetate (v.)
engage in passive relaxation;
After a hard day's work, I vegetate in front of the television
Synonyms: vege out
From wordnet.princeton.edu