castrate

To castrate a male animal is to surgically remove its testicles. A veterinarian castrates a male dog to ensure that it can't mate with a female and produce unwanted puppies.

People often choose to castrate pets or farm animals to keep them from reproducing. Castrate is one of several words used to refer to this process; most pet owners prefer terms such as neuter or fix. Castrate comes from a Latin root, castrare, which means not just "to castrate," but also "to prune." The word has also come to mean "to take away strength."

Definitions of castrate
1

v remove the testicles of a male animal

Synonyms:
demasculinise, demasculinize, emasculate
Types:
caponise, caponize
convert a cock into a capon
cut, geld
cut off the testicles (of male animals such as horses)
Type of:
desex, desexualise, desexualize, fix, sterilise, sterilize, unsex
make infertile

v remove the ovaries of

Synonyms:
alter, neuter, spay
Types:
defeminise, defeminize
remove the ovaries of (female mammals such as cats)
Type of:
desex, desexualise, desexualize, fix, sterilise, sterilize, unsex
make infertile

v deprive of strength or vigor

Synonyms:
emasculate
Type of:
weaken
lessen the strength of

v edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

Synonyms:
bowdlerise, bowdlerize, expurgate, shorten
Type of:
abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

n a man who has been castrated and is incapable of reproduction

Synonyms:
eunuch
Type of:
adult male, man
an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)