Definition of Castrate

1. Noun. A man who has been castrated and is incapable of reproduction. "Eunuchs guarded the harem"

Exact synonyms: Eunuch
Generic synonyms: Adult Male, Man

2. Verb. Deprive of strength or vigor. "The Senate emasculated the law"
Exact synonyms: Emasculate
Generic synonyms: Weaken
Derivative terms: Emasculation

3. Verb. Edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate. "They won't castrate the story "; "Bowdlerize a novel"

4. Verb. Remove the testicles of a male animal.
Exact synonyms: Demasculinise, Demasculinize, Emasculate
Specialized synonyms: Caponise, Caponize, Cut, Geld
Generic synonyms: Desex, Desexualise, Desexualize, Fix, Sterilise, Sterilize, Unsex
Derivative terms: Castration, Emasculation

5. Verb. Remove the ovaries of. "Is your cat spayed?"
Exact synonyms: Alter, Neuter, Spay
Specialized synonyms: Defeminise, Defeminize
Generic synonyms: Desex, Desexualise, Desexualize, Fix, Sterilise, Sterilize, Unsex
Derivative terms: Castration, Neuter, Neutering, Spaying

Definition of Castrate

1. v. t. To deprive of the testicles; to emasculate; to geld; to alter.

Definition of Castrate

1. Verb. (transitive) To remove the testicles of. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To remove the ovaries of. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Castrate

1. to remove the testes of [v -TRATED, -TRATING, -TRATES]

Medical Definition of Castrate

1. To remove the testicles or the ovaries. Origin: L. Castro, pp. -atus, to deprive of generative power (male or female) (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Castrate

castor-oil plant
castor bean
castor bean plant
castor beans
castor oil
castor sugar
castration cells

Literary usage of Castrate

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1. An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language: To which is Prefixed, a by John Jamieson (1879)
"To cut into, cut out of ; to geld or castrate, synon. to lib, S. ; abo, to shape or point, as, to »nib a pen, Clydes. 3. To set or fix in an incision, ..."

2. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1915)
"... the musculature and Fig. 3. Cross sections of rabbit uteri (low power), i. Horn removed at time of operation; 2, castrate after feeding alcohol-soluble ..."

3. Types of Mental Defectives by Martin W. Barr, Earle Francis Maloney (1920)
"... castrate. Echolalia is a parrot-like repetition of words and sentences which may or may not be fully comprehended by the speaker. ..."

4. Thomas Shadwell's "Libertine.": A Complementary Study to the Don Juan by August Steiger (1904)
"161) where the shepherds are about to castrate poor Jacomo. The « gentleman's » favourite adresses to his servant are «I'll cut your throat, your ears, ..."

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