AskDefine | Define vegetate

Dictionary Definition



1 lead a passive existence without using one's body or mind
2 establish vegetation on; "They vegetated the hills behind their house"
3 produce vegetation; "The fields vegetate vigorously"
4 grow like a plant; "This fungus usually vegetates vigorously"
5 grow or spread abnormally; "warts and polyps can vegetate if not removed"
6 propagate asexually; "The bacterial growth vegetated along"
7 engage in passive relaxation; "After a hard day's work, I vegetate in front of the television" [syn: vege out]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. In the context of "of a plant": To grow or sprout.
  2. In the context of "of a wart etc}} To spread abnormally.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

be a sideliner, be still, blossom, brew, bud, burgeon, burst forth, coast, delay, develop, do nothing, drift, flourish, fust, gather, gemmate, germinate, grow, grow rank, grow up, hang fire, hibernate, hypertrophy, idle, increase, just be, languish, leaf, leaf out, leave, lie dormant, luxuriate, mature, merely exist, mushroom, not budge, not stir, outgrow, overdevelop, overgrow, overrun, overtop, pass the time, procreate, pullulate, put forth, put forth leaves, put out buds, reproduce, rest, riot, root, shoot, shoot up, sit back, sit it out, sleep, slumber, smolder, spring up, sprout, sprout up, stagnate, strike root, take root, thrive, tower, upshoot, upspear, upspring, upsprout, wait and see, watch and wait, wax
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