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pregnant

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adjective preg·nant \ˈpreg-nənt\

Simple Definition of pregnant

  • of a woman or female animal : having a baby or babies developing inside the body

  • : filled with meaning or emotion because of what is going to happen or be said

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pregnant

  1. 1 archaic :  cogent

  2. 2 :  abounding in fancy, wit, or resourcefulness :  inventive <all this has been said … by great and pregnant artists — Times Literary Supplement>

  3. 3 :  rich in significance or implication <the pregnant phrases of the Bible — Edmund Wilson> <a pregnant pause>

  4. 4 :  containing a developing embryo, fetus, or unborn offspring within the body :  gravid

  5. 5 :  having possibilities of development or consequence :  involving important issues :  momentous <draw inspiration from the heroic achievements of that pregnant age — Kemp Malone>

  6. 6 obsolete :  inclined, disposed <your own most pregnant and vouchsafed ear — Shakespeare>

  7. 7 :  full, teeming

pregnantly adverb

Examples of pregnant in a sentence

  1. She got pregnant soon after her marriage.

  2. There was a pregnant pause before the winner was announced.



Origin of pregnant

Middle English, from Latin praegnant-, praegnans carrying a fetus, alteration of praegnas, from prae- pre- + -gnas (akin to gignere to give birth to) — more at kin


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with pregnant


PREGNANT Defined for Kids

pregnant

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adjective preg·nant \ˈpreg-nənt\

Definition of pregnant for Students

  1. 1 :  carrying one or more unborn offspring in the body

  2. 2 :  full of meaning <There was a pregnant pause before the announcement.>




Medical Dictionary

pregnant

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adjective preg·nant \ˈpreg-nənt\

Medical Definition of pregnant

  1. :  containing a developing embryo, fetus, or unborn offspring within the body :  gestating, gravid





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