vegetate

Part of speech: verb

To grow, as a plant; live in a monotonous, passive way.

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Usage examples "vegetate":

  1. They are organized and vegetate; but being incapable of sensation, do not properly possess life. - "A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version"", Fran├žois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh.
  2. I am constantly asking myself which is better,- our old Europe, where the man of exceptional gifts can give himself absolutely to study, opening thus a wider horizon for the human mind, while at his side thousands barely vegetate in degradation or at least in destitution; or this new world, where the institutions tend to keep all on one level as part of the general mass,- but a mass, be it said, which has no noxious elements. - "Louis Agassiz: His Life and Correspondence", Louis Agassiz.
  3. These soon vegetate, and bear fruit in great quantities; so what with their usurpation of the resources of the fig- tree, and the fig- tree of the mora, the mora, unable to support a charge which nature never intended it should, languishes and dies under its burden; and then the fig- tree, and its usurping progeny of vines, receiving no more succour from their late foster- parent, droop and perish in their turn. - "Wanderings in South America", Charles Waterton.