• IPA: /ˈdɛfɪkeɪt/
  • IPA: /ˈdɛfɪkət/

defecate (defecates, present participle defecating; past and past participle defecated)

  1. (intransitive) To excrete feces from one's bowels.
  2. (now rare) To purify, to clean of dregs etc.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, page 224:
      Some are of opinion that such fat, standing waters make the best beer, and that seething doth defecate it […].
  3. (now rare, transitive) To purge; to pass (something) as excrement.
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  1. (obsolete) Freed from pollutants, dregs, lees, etc.; refined; purified.
    • Till the soul be defecate from the dregs of sense.

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