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ex·pec·to·rate

 (ĭk-spĕk′tə-rāt′)
v. ex·pec·to·rat·ed, ex·pec·to·rat·ing, ex·pec·to·rates
v.tr.
1. To eject from the mouth; spit.
2. To cough up and eject by spitting.
v.intr.
1. To spit.
2. To clear out the chest and lungs by coughing up and spitting out matter.

[Latin expectorāre, expectorāt-, to drive from the chest : ex-, ex- + pectus, pector-, chest.]

ex·pec′to·ra′tion n.

expectorate

(ɪkˈspɛktəˌreɪt)
vb
(Physiology) to cough up and spit out (sputum from the respiratory passages)
[C17: from Latin expectorāre, literally: to drive from the breast, expel, from pectus breast]
exˌpectoˈration n
exˈpectoˌrator n

ex•pec•to•rate

(ɪkˈspɛk təˌreɪt)

v. -rat•ed, -rat•ing. v.i.
1. to expel matter from the throat or lungs by coughing and spitting.
2. to spit.
v.t.
3. to expel from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting.
4. to spit.
[1595–1605; < New Latin expectorātus, past participle of expectorāre, Latin: to banish from the mind]
ex•pec′to•ra`tor, n.

expectorate


Past participle: expectorated
Gerund: expectorating

Imperative
expectorate
expectorate
Present
I expectorate
you expectorate
he/she/it expectorates
we expectorate
you expectorate
they expectorate
Preterite
I expectorated
you expectorated
he/she/it expectorated
we expectorated
you expectorated
they expectorated
Present Continuous
I am expectorating
you are expectorating
he/she/it is expectorating
we are expectorating
you are expectorating
they are expectorating
Present Perfect
I have expectorated
you have expectorated
he/she/it has expectorated
we have expectorated
you have expectorated
they have expectorated
Past Continuous
I was expectorating
you were expectorating
he/she/it was expectorating
we were expectorating
you were expectorating
they were expectorating
Past Perfect
I had expectorated
you had expectorated
he/she/it had expectorated
we had expectorated
you had expectorated
they had expectorated
Future
I will expectorate
you will expectorate
he/she/it will expectorate
we will expectorate
you will expectorate
they will expectorate
Future Perfect
I will have expectorated
you will have expectorated
he/she/it will have expectorated
we will have expectorated
you will have expectorated
they will have expectorated
Future Continuous
I will be expectorating
you will be expectorating
he/she/it will be expectorating
we will be expectorating
you will be expectorating
they will be expectorating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been expectorating
you have been expectorating
he/she/it has been expectorating
we have been expectorating
you have been expectorating
they have been expectorating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been expectorating
you will have been expectorating
he/she/it will have been expectorating
we will have been expectorating
you will have been expectorating
they will have been expectorating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been expectorating
you had been expectorating
he/she/it had been expectorating
we had been expectorating
you had been expectorating
they had been expectorating
Conditional
I would expectorate
you would expectorate
he/she/it would expectorate
we would expectorate
you would expectorate
they would expectorate
Past Conditional
I would have expectorated
you would have expectorated
he/she/it would have expectorated
we would have expectorated
you would have expectorated
they would have expectorated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.expectorate - clear out the chest and lungs; "This drug expectorates quickly"
remove, take away, withdraw, take - remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"
2.expectorate - discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth
cough - exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion; "The smoker coughs all day"
ptyalise, ptyalize, spew, spit, spue - expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth; "The father of the victim spat at the alleged murderer"
spit out, splutter, sputter - spit up in an explosive manner
eject, expel, release, exhaust, discharge - eliminate (a substance); "combustion products are exhausted in the engine"; "the plant releases a gas"
Translations

expectorate

[eksˈpektəreɪt] VTexpectorar

expectorate

vti (form)ausspeien
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Out of nater, sir, quite out of nater,” said Elnathan, attempting to expectorate, but succeeding only in throwing a light, frothy substance, like a flake of snow, into the fire—” quite out of nater that a wound so well dressed, and with the ball in my pocket, should fester.
In a statement issued after the hearing, Alison Cook, an inspector at the Health and Safety Expectorate, said: "It was a matter of sheer luck that this incident did not result in a fatality.
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e rules of etiquette have changed markedly since "Don't" - a guide to being the perfect gentleman - was published, a pocketbook which urges its readers: "Don't expectorate on the pavement.
Many residents were unable to expectorate sufficient amounts of sputum on demand; therefore, samples for microscopic and microbiologic testing were collected opportunistically or via invasive bronchoscopy.
I have seen people here open the door of their vehicle at a traffic signal to expel expectorate.
Kaaps is a language in the sense that it carries the full fate and destiny of the people who speak it: their entire life, "with everything contained in it"; a language in the sense that the people who speak it, give their first cry in life in this language, conduct all their business in their life in this language, expectorate in the throes of death in this language.
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The participants were asked to pour the entire stimulus into their mouths and then expectorate.