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procreate

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verb pro·cre·ate \-ˌāt\

Simple Definition of procreate

  • : to produce children or offspring

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of procreate

procreated

procreating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to beget or bring forth (offspring) :  propagate

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to beget or bring forth offspring :  reproduce

procreation

play \ˌprō-krē-ˈā-shən\ noun

procreative

play \ˈprō-krē-ˌā-tiv\ adjective

procreator

play \-ˌā-tər\ noun

Examples of procreate in a sentence

  1. Animals have a natural instinct to procreate.

  2. <the common perception that our Puritan forebears procreated more out of a sense of duty than from desire>



Origin and Etymology of procreate

Latin procreatus, past participle of procreare, from pro- forth + creare to create — more at pro-, create


First Known Use: 1536


Medical Dictionary

procreate

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verb pro·cre·ate \ˈprō-krē-ˌāt\

Medical Definition of procreate

procreated

;

procreating

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to beget or bring forth (offspring) :  propagate

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to beget or bring forth offspring :  reproduce





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