Meaning of “defecate” in the English Dictionary


"defecate" in English

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defecateverb [ I ]

uk /ˈdef.ə.keɪt/ us /ˈdef.ə.keɪt/ formal or specialized

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  • As flies are by no means particular in choosing either a place to feed or a place to defecate, often selecting meat or food for the purpose, a somewhat alarming vision of possible consequences is raised. 
  • In well developed cases, the animal strains to defecate, and passes shreds of intestinal mucous along with blood-stained feces. 
  • The natural instinct to defecate, like many other natural instincts, is usually deadened by failure to exercise it. 
  • They always defecate upon the open ground, and will not use privies or latrines This is a matter of religious obligation with them. 
  • Underneath the roof is an opening in the earth where the people defecate. 

(Definition of “defecate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"defecate" in American English

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defecateverb [ I ]

us /ˈdef·ɪˌkeɪt/

to excrete the contents of the bowels

(Definition of “defecate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)