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From the participle stem of Latin dēfaecāre (to purify), from de- + faex (dreg, impurity).

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Infinitive
to Defecate

Third person singular
Defecates

Simple past
defecated

Past participle
defecated

Present participle
defecating

to Defecate (third-person singular simple present Defecates, present participle defecating, simple past and past participle defecated)
  1. (now rare) To purify, to clean of dregs etc.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York 2001, p. 224:
      Some are of opinion that such fat, standing waters make the best beer, and that seething doth defecate it [...].
  2. (now rare, transitive) To purge; to pass (something) as excrement.
  3. (intransitive) To empty one's bowels of feces.

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  • The sense 'to purify' is rare in contrast to the common mean to empty bowels.

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defecate

  1. Second person plural present tense and imperative of defecare.ar:defecate

et:defecate fr:defecate io:defecate fi:defecate vi:defecate zh:defecate

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