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Meaning of castrate

cas•trate

Pronunciation: (kas'trāt), [key]
— v., n. -trat•ed, -trat•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to remove the testes of; emasculate; geld.
  2. to remove the ovaries of.
  3. to render impotent, literally or metaphorically, by psychological means, esp. by threatening a person's masculinity or femininity.
  4. to deprive of strength, power, or efficiency; weaken: Without those ten new submarines, our navy will be castrated.
—n.
  1. a castrated person or animal.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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