regurgitate

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin regurgitatus, past participle of regurgitare, combined form of re- (back) + gurgitare (to engulf, flood), from gurges (whirlpool, gulf, sea, abyss).

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈɡɚd͡ʒəˌteɪt/
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regurgitate (third-person singular simple present regurgitates, present participle regurgitating, simple past and past participle regurgitated)

  1. (transitive) To throw up or vomit; to eject what has previously been swallowed.
  2. (transitive) To cough up from the gut to feed its young, as a bird or animal does.
    The young gulls were fed by their mother's regurgitated food.
  3. (transitive, by extension) To repeat verbatim.
  4. (intransitive) To be thrown or poured back; to rush or surge back.
    Food may regurgitate from the stomach into the mouth.

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