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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Vegetate \Veg"e*tate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Vegetated; p. pr. & vb. n. Vegetating.] [L. vegetatus, p. p. of vegetare to enliven. See Vegetable.] [1913 Webster] 1. To grow, as plants, by nutriment imbibed by means of roots and leaves; to start into growth; to sprout; to germinate. [1913 Webster] See dying vegetables life sustain, See life dissolving vegetate again. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: To lead a life too low for an animate creature; to do nothing but eat and grow. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] Persons who . . . would have vegetated stupidly in the places where fortune had fixed them. --Jeffrey. [1913 Webster] 3. (Med.) To grow exuberantly; to produce fleshy or warty outgrowths; as, a vegetating papule. [1913 Webster]