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English definition of “fornicate”


verb [I]     /ˈfɔː.nɪ.keɪt/ US  /ˈfɔːr-/ formal disapproving
to have sex with someone who you are not married toSexual intercourse fornication     /ˌfɔː.nɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌfɔːr-/ noun [U] Sexual intercourse fornicator     /-keɪ.tər/ US  /-keɪ.t̬ɚ/ noun [C] Sexual intercourse
(Definition of fornicate verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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