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 Dictionary entry overview: What does expectorate mean? 

  The verb EXPECTORATE has 2 senses:

1. clear out the chest and lungs
2. discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth

  Familiarity information: EXPECTORATE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1expectorate [BACK TO TOP]


Clear out the chest and lungs

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.


expectorate; clear out; drive out

Context example:

This drug expectorates quickly

Hypernyms (to "expectorate" is one way to...):

remove; take; take away; withdraw (remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something

Sense 2expectorate [BACK TO TOP]


Discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care


cough out; cough up; expectorate; spit up; spit out

Hypernyms (to "expectorate" is one way to...):

discharge; eject; expel; release (eliminate (substances) from the body)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "expectorate"):

cough (exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion)

ptyalise; ptyalize; spew; spit; spue (expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth)

spit out; splutter; sputter (spit up in an explosive manner)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

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