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graft

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noun \ˈgraft\

Definition of graft

  1. 1 a :  a grafted plant b :  scion 1 c :  the point of insertion of a scion upon a stock

  2. 2 a :  the act of grafting b :  something grafted; specifically :  living tissue used in grafting



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Origin of graft

Middle English graffe, grafte, from Anglo-French greffe, graife stylus, graph, from Medieval Latin graphium, from Latin, stylus, from Greek grapheion, from graphein to write — more at carve


First Known Use: 14th century

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graft

verb

Definition of graft

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cause (a scion) to unite with a stock; also :  to unite (plants or scion and stock) to form a graft b :  to propagate (a plant) by grafting

  3. 2 a :  to join or unite as if by grafting b :  to attach (a chemical unit) to a main molecular chain

  4. 3 :  to implant (living tissue) surgically

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to become grafted

  7. 2 :  to perform grafting

grafter noun


Illustration of graft

14th Century

First Known Use of graft

14th century


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graft

noun

Definition of graft

chiefly British

  1. :  work, labor



Origin of graft

English dialect graft, verb, to work


First Known Use: 1853


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graft

verb

Definition of graft

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to get (illicit gain) by graft

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to practice graft



Origin of graft

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1859


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graft

noun

Definition of graft

  1. :  the acquisition of gain (as money) in dishonest or questionable ways; also :  illegal or unfair gain



1865

First Known Use of graft

1865


GRAFT Defined for Kids

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graft

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noun \ˈgraft\

Definition of graft for Students

  1. 1 :  a plant that has a twig or bud from another plant attached to it so they are joined and grow together

  2. 2 :  something (as a piece of skin or a plant bud) that is joined to something similar so as to grow together

  3. 3 :  something (as money or advantage) gotten in a dishonest way and especially by betraying a public trust




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graft

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verb

Definition of graft for Students

graft·edgraft·ing

  1. 1 :  to attach a twig or bud from one plant to another plant so they are joined and grow together

  2. 2 :  to join one thing to another as if by grafting <graft skin>

  3. 3 :  to gain dishonestly

graft·er noun



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