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  • Copulate — Cop u*late, a. [L. copulatus, p. p. of copulare to couple, fr. copula. See {Copula}.] 1. Joined; associated; coupled. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. (Gram.) Joining subject and predicate; copulative. F. A. March. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Copulate — Cop u*late, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Copulated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Copulating}.] To unite in sexual intercourse; to come together in the act of generation. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • copulate — index cohabit Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • copulate — early 15c., to join, from L. copulatus, pp. of copulare join together, couple, bind, link, unite, from copula band, tie, link, from PIE *ko ap , from *ko(m) together + *ap to take, reach. Sexual sense attested from 1630s. Related: Copulated;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • copulate — [v] have sexual relations be carnal, bed, breed, cohabit, conjugate, couple, do it*, fool around*, fornicate, go all the way*, go to bed*, have coition, have relations, have sex, lay*, lie with, make it*, make love, make out*, mate, sleep… …   New thesaurus

  • copulate — ► VERB ▪ have sexual intercourse. DERIVATIVES copulation noun copulatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin copulare fasten together …   English terms dictionary

  • copulate — [käp′yo͞o lāt΄, käp′yəlāt΄] vi. copulated, copulating [ME copulaten < L copulatus, pp. of copulare, to unite, couple < copula: see COPULA] to have sexual intercourse copulation n. copulatory [käp′yo͞olə tôr΄ē, käp′yələ tôr΄ē] adj …   English World dictionary

  • copulate — [[t]kɒ̱pjʊleɪt[/t]] copulates, copulating, copulated V RECIP If one animal or person copulates with another, they have sex. You can also say that two animals or people copulate. [TECHNICAL] [V with n] During the time she is paired to a male, the… …   English dictionary

  • copulate — v. (D; intr.) to copulate with * * * [ kɒpjʊleɪt] (D; intr.) to copulate with …   Combinatory dictionary

  • copulate — UK [ˈkɒpjʊleɪt] / US [ˈkɑpjəˌleɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms copulate : present tense I/you/we/they copulate he/she/it copulates present participle copulating past tense copulated past participle copulated formal to have sex Derived word:… …   English dictionary

  • copulate v — Chicago Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson on being a role model: I want all the kids to do what I do, to look up to me. I want all the kids to copulate me …   English expressions

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