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Etymology edit

Latin copulare (to couple) perfect participle, from stem copulat-.

Pronunciation edit

  • (verb)
    • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɒp.jʊ.leɪt/
      • (file)
    • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɔ.pjə.leɪt/
    • Rhymes: -ɒpjəleɪt
  • (adjective)

Verb edit

copulate (third-person singular simple present copulates, present participle copulating, simple past and past participle copulated)

  1. (somewhat formal) To engage in sexual intercourse.
    The amorous couple were found copulating inside the car.

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Adjective edit

copulate (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Joined; associated; coupled.
  2. (grammar) Joining subject and predicate; copulative.
    • 1870, Francis March, A Comparative Grammar of the Anglo-Saxon Language:
      Copulate words may be really a simple subject, 1, a repetition of the same notion, often a climax

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Italian edit

Etymology 1 edit

Verb edit


  1. inflection of copulare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

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Participle edit

copulate f pl

  1. feminine plural of copulato

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Latin edit

Verb edit


  1. second-person plural present active imperative of cōpulō

References edit

  • copulate”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • copulate in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.

Spanish edit

Verb edit


  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of copular combined with te