Meaning of “expectorate” in the English Dictionary


"expectorate" in English

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expectorateverb [ I or T ]

uk /ɪkˈspek.tər.eɪt/ us /ɪkˈspek.tər.eɪt/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • He kept on expectorating, and rolled his big eyes about. 
  • I lost my voice completely, suffered with pain in my lungs and expectorated almost constantly. 
  • She had also a terrible cough and expectorated a great deal. 
  • The stage-hand expectorated disgustedly. 
  • The throat is dry and irritated, and there is a constant desire to expectorate. 

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

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