expectorate

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See also: expektorate

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin expectorātus, past participle of expectorāre (only fig. banish from the mind, but literally (as in modern use) expel from the breast), from ex (out of) + pectus (the breast).

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  • IPA(key): /ɪkˈspɛktəɹeɪt/
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expectorate (third-person singular simple present expectorates, present participle expectorating, simple past and past participle expectorated)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To cough up fluid from the lungs.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To spit.

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