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saturate

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transitive verb sat·u·rate \ˈsa-chə-ˌrāt\

Simple Definition of saturate

  • : to make (something) very wet

  • : to fill (something) completely with something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of saturate

saturated

saturating

  1. 1 :  to satisfy fully :  satiate

  2. 2 :  to treat, furnish, or charge with something to the point where no more can be absorbed, dissolved, or retained <water saturated with salt>

  3. 3a :  to fill completely with something that permeates or pervades <book is saturated with Hollywood — Newgate Callendar>b :  to load to capacity

  4. 4 :  to cause to combine until there is no further tendency to combine

saturator

play \-ˌrā-tər\ noun

Examples of saturate in a sentence

  1. Saturate the sponge with water.

  2. Images of the war saturated the news.

  3. Their new products are saturating the market.



Origin and Etymology of saturate

Latin saturatus, past participle of saturare, from satur well-fed — more at satire


First Known Use: 1538

Synonym Discussion of saturate

soak, saturate, drench, steep, impregnate mean to permeate or be permeated with a liquid. soak implies usually prolonged immersion as for softening or cleansing <soak the garment in soapy water>. saturate implies a resulting effect of complete absorption until no more liquid can be held <a saturated sponge>. drench implies a thorough wetting by something that pours down or is poured <clothes drenched by a cloudburst>. steep suggests either the extraction of an essence (as of tea leaves) by the liquid or the imparting of a quality (as a color) to the thing immersed <steep the tea for five minutes>. impregnate implies a thorough interpenetration of one thing by another <a cake strongly impregnated with brandy>.

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Rhymes with saturate

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saturate

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adjective sat·u·rate \ˈsach-rət, ˈsa-chə-\

Definition of saturate



Examples of saturate in a sentence

  1. <the test will only work if the sample cloth is saturate with solution>



1782

First Known Use of saturate

1782


SATURATE Defined for Kids

saturate

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verb sat·u·rate \ˈsa-chə-ˌrāt\

Definition of saturate for Students

saturated

saturating

  1. :  to soak completely <Saturate the sponge with water.>




Medical Dictionary

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saturate

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transitive verb sat·u·rate \ˈsach-ə-ˌrāt\

Medical Definition of saturate

saturated

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saturating

  1. 1:  to treat, furnish, or charge with something to the point where no more can be absorbed, dissolved, or retained <water saturated with salt> <a bandage saturated with blood>

  2. 2:  to cause to combine until there is no further tendency to combine




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saturate

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noun sat·u·rate \-rət\

Medical Definition of saturate

  1. :  a saturated chemical compound





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