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vegetate (verb) spend time idly and getting bored.

When you vegetate you find nothing to do, and spend time idly, and get bored. A person vegetates when, without having any physical or mental work to do, they lead a quiet and boring life.

  • Having retired after thirty years of active service in the army, the major is vegetating. He has no physical or mental activity, and spends almost all his time idly and finds it boring.
  • She has told me quite often that once she retires she will not be vegetating. She will not be, she has said, idle and get bored. She is going to keep herself busy doing some social service.
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