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germinate

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verb ger·mi·nate \ˈjər-mə-ˌnāt\

Simple Definition of germinate

  • of a seed : to begin to grow

  • : to cause (a seed) to begin to grow

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of germinate

germinated

germinating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause to sprout or develop

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to come into being :  evolve <before Western civilization began to germinate — A. L. Kroeber>

  5. 2 :  to begin to grow :  sprout

germination

play \ˌjər-mə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

germinative

play \ˈjər-mə-ˌnā-tiv, -mə-nə-\ adjective

Examples of germinate in a sentence

  1. methods used by gardeners to germinate seeds



Origin and Etymology of germinate

Latin germinatus, past participle of germinare to sprout, from germin-, germen bud, germ


First Known Use: 1610


GERMINATE Defined for Kids

germinate

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verb ger·mi·nate \ˈjər-mə-ˌnāt\

Definition of germinate for Students

germinated

germinating

  1. :  to begin to grow :  sprout <She patiently waited for the seeds to germinate.>




Medical Dictionary

germinate

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verb ger·mi·nate \ˈjər-mə-ˌnāt\

Medical Definition of germinate

germinated

;

germinating

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to cause to sprout or develop

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to begin to grow :  sprout

germination

\ˌjər-mə-ˈnā-shən\play noun



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