Castrate Cas"trate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Castrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Castrating}.] [L. castrarus, p; p. of castrare to castrate, asin to Skr. [,c]astra knife.] 1. To deprive of the testicles; to emasculate; to geld; to alter. [1913 Webster]

2. To cut or take out; esp. to remove anything erroneous, or objectionable from, as the obscene parts of a writing; to expurgate. [1913 Webster]

My . . . correspondent . . . has sent me the following letter, which I have castrated in some places. --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

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  • castrate — [kas′trāt΄] vt. castrated, castrating [< L castratus, pp. of castrare, to castrate, prune: for IE base see CASTE] 1. a) to remove the testicles of; emasculate; geld b) Rare to remove the ovaries of; spay 2. to deprive of essential virility,… …   English World dictionary

  • castrate — (v.) 1610s (implied in castrated), back formation from CASTRATION (Cf. castration) (q.v.). The figurative sense is attested earlier (1550s). Related: Castrating …   Etymology dictionary

  • castrate — *sterilize, spay, emasculate, alter, mutilate, geld, caponize …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • castrate — [v] remove sexual organs alter, asexualize, caponize, change, cut, deprive of virility, desexualize, emasculate, eunuchize, fix, geld, mutilate, neuter, spay, sterilize, unsex; concept 310 …   New thesaurus

  • castrate — ► VERB 1) remove the testicles of. 2) deprive of power or vigour. DERIVATIVES castration noun castrator noun. ORIGIN Latin castrare …   English terms dictionary

  • castrate — To remove the testicles or the ovaries. [L. castro, pp. atus, to deprive of generative power (male or female)] * * * cas·trate kas .trāt vt, cas·trat·ed; cas·trat·ing 1 a) to deprive of the testes: GELD b) to deprive of the ovaries: SPAY …   Medical dictionary

  • castrate — [[t]kæstre͟ɪt, AM kæ̱streɪt[/t]] castrates, castrating, castrated VERB To castrate a male animal or a man means to remove his testicles. [V n] In the ancient world, it was probably rare to castrate a dog or cat. [V ed] ...a castrated male horse.… …   English dictionary

  • castrate — UK [kæˈstreɪt] / US [ˈkæˌstreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms castrate : present tense I/you/we/they castrate he/she/it castrates present participle castrating past tense castrated past participle castrated to remove the testicles (= the pair of… …   English dictionary

  • castrate — neuter eu ter, v. t. To render incapable of sexual reproduction; to remove or alter the sexual organs so as to make infertile; to alter; to fix; to desex; in male animals, to {castrate}; in female animals, to {spay}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • castrate — transitive verb (castrated; castrating) Etymology: Latin castratus, past participle of castrare; akin to Greek keazein to split, Sanskrit śasati he slaughters Date: 1554 1. to render impotent or deprive of vitality especially by psy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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