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inseminate

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verb in·sem·i·nate \in-ˈse-mə-ˌnāt\

Simple Definition of inseminate

  • : to put semen into (a woman or a female animal) in order to cause pregnancy

Full Definition of inseminate

in·sem·i·nat·edin·sem·i·nat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  sow

  3. 2 :  to introduce semen into the genital tract of (a female)

in·sem·i·na·tion play \-ˌse-mə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

Examples of inseminate

  1. She was artificially inseminated in January.

  2. <the notion that their monarch ruled by divine right had been inseminated in the people for countless generations>



Origin of inseminate

Latin inseminatus, past participle of inseminare, from in- + semin-, semen seed — more at semen


First Known Use: circa 1623

Synonym Discussion of inseminate

implant, inculcate, instill, inseminate, infix mean to introduce into the mind. implant implies teaching that makes for permanence of what is taught <implanted a love of reading in her students>. inculcate implies persistent or repeated efforts to impress on the mind <tried to inculcate in him high moral standards>. instill stresses gradual, gentle imparting of knowledge over a long period of time <instill traditional values in your children>. inseminate applies to a sowing of ideas in many minds so that they spread through a class or nation <inseminated an unquestioning faith in technology>. infix stresses firmly inculcating a habit of thought <infixed a chronic cynicism>.

Rhymes with inseminate

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Medical Dictionary

inseminate

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transitive verb in·sem·i·nate \in-ˈsem-ə-ˌnāt\

Medical Definition of inseminate

in·sem·i·nat·edin·sem·i·nat·ing

  1. :  to introduce semen into the genital tract of (a female)

  2. in·sem·i·na·tion \-ˌsem-ə-ˈnā-shən\play noun





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