To spit; to eject saliva, mucus, or other fluid from the mouth.

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ex·pec·to·rate -tə-.rāt vb, -rat·ed; -rat·ing vt
1) to eject from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting
2) SPIT vi
1) to discharge matter from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting

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  • Expectorate — Ex*pec to*rate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Expectorated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Expectorating}.] [L. expecrorare to drive from the breast; ex out + pectus, pectiris, breast. See {Pectoral}.] To eject from the trachea or lungs; to discharge, as phlegm or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Expectorate — Ex*pec to*rate, v. i. To discharge matter from the lungs or throat by hawking and spitting; to spit. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expectorate — (v.) c.1600, to clear out the chest or lungs, from L. expectoratus, pp. of expectorare scorn, expel from the mind, lit. make a clean breast, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + pectus (gen. pectoris) breast (see PECTORAL (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • expectorate — ► VERB ▪ cough or spit out (phlegm) from the throat or lungs. DERIVATIVES expectoration noun. ORIGIN Latin expectorare expel from the chest …   English terms dictionary

  • expectorate — [ek spek′tə rāt΄, ikspek′tə rāt΄] vt., vi. expectorated, expectorating [< L expectoratus, pp. of expectorare, to expel from the breast < ex , out + pectus (gen. pectoris), breast] 1. to cough up and spit out (phlegm, mucus, etc.) 2. to spit …   English World dictionary

  • expectorate — verb ( rated; rating) Etymology: Latin expectoratus, past participle of expectorare to banish from the mind (taken to mean literally “to expel from the chest”), from ex + pector , pectus breast, soul more at pectoral Date: 1601 transitive verb 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • expectorate — expectorator, n. /ik spek teuh rayt /, v., expectorated, expectorating. v.i. 1. to eject or expel matter, as phlegm, from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting; spit. v.t. 2. to eject or expel (matter) in this way. [1595 1605; …   Universalium

  • expectorate — verb /ɪkˈspɛktəreɪt/ a) To cough up fluid from the lungs. b) To spit. See Also: expectorant, expectoration …   Wiktionary

  • expectorate — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. cough up, spit out, hawk, spew; see spit . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. see spit …   English dictionary for students

  • expectorate — ex|pec|to|rate [ıkˈspektəreıt] v [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of expectorare, from pectus [i] chest ] formal to force liquid out of your mouth = ↑spit …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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