To regurgitate is to bring already swallowed food back up through one's throat and out the mouth. Not so nice in humans, but much more understandable (if still gross) in birds — who feed their baby chicks by regurgitating.

Finished cramming for your exam? Ready to do a data dump? Then you're about to regurgitate all you've learned — repeat information verbatim without any real understanding or analysis of it. Don't worry, everyone does it, from high school and college students, to grown-ups in corporate boardrooms.

Definitions of regurgitate

v pour or rush back

“The blood regurgitates into the heart ventricle”
Type of:
flow in a spurt

v eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

“The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night”
barf, be sick, chuck, disgorge, throw up, vomit, vomit up
keep down
manage not to throw up
Type of:
egest, eliminate, excrete, pass
eliminate from the body

v feed through the beak by regurgitating previously swallowed food

“many birds feed their young by regurgitating what they have swallowed and carried to the nest”
Type of:
feed, give
give food to

v repeat after memorization

“For the exam, you must be able to regurgitate the information”
Type of:
echo, repeat
to say again or imitate

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