vegetate

When plants vegetate, they spread. When people vegetate, they relax. After a long day, if you want to vegetate or exert no effort in your body or mind, try sitting in front of the TV for hours.

The word vegetate has opposite meanings depending on whether you're talking about plants or people. When vegetables vegetate, they proliferate or spread really quickly. When a person vegetates, he remains completely idle. A person in a vegetative state is not able to function, only to vegetate or remain completely inactive.

Definitions of vegetate
  1. verb
    produce vegetation
    “The fields vegetate vigorously”
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    type of:
    grow
    increase in size by natural process
  2. verb
    establish vegetation on
    “They vegetated the hills behind their house”
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    type of:
    grow
    cause to grow or develop
  3. verb
    grow like a plant
    “This fungus usually vegetates vigorously”
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    type of:
    grow
    increase in size by natural process
  4. verb
    grow or spread abnormally
    “warts and polyps can vegetate if not removed”
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    type of:
    grow
    become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain
  5. verb
    propagate asexually
    “The bacterial growth vegetated along”
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    type of:
    propagate
    multiply sexually or asexually
  6. verb
    lead a passive existence without using one's body or mind
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    type of:
    live
    lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style
  7. verb
    engage in passive relaxation
    “After a hard day's work, I vegetate in front of the television”
    synonyms: vege out
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    decompress, loosen up, relax, slow down, unbend, unwind
    become less tense, rest, or take one's ease
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