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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Veg·e·tate v. i. [imp. & p. p. Vegetated p. pr. & vb. n. Vegetating.]
 1. To grow, as plants, by nutriment imbibed by means of roots and leaves; to start into growth; to sprout; to germinate.
 See dying vegetables life sustain,
 See life dissolving vegetate again.   --Pope.
 2. Fig.: To lead a life too low for an animate creature; to do nothing but eat and grow.
    Persons who . . . would have vegetated stupidly in the places where fortune had fixed them.   --Jeffrey.
 3. Med. To grow exuberantly; to produce fleshy or warty outgrowths; as, a vegetating papule.