germinate

verb
ger·​mi·​nate | \ ˈjər-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce germinate (audio) \
germinated; germinating

Definition of germinate

transitive verb

: to cause to sprout or develop

intransitive verb

1 : to come into being : evolve before Western civilization began to germinate— A. L. Kroeber
2 : to begin to grow : sprout waiting for the seeds to germinate

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Other Words from germinate

germination \ ˌjər-​mə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce germination (audio) \ noun
germinative \ ˈjər-​mə-​ˌnā-​tiv How to pronounce germinative (audio) , -​mə-​nə-​ \ adjective

Examples of germinate in a Sentence

methods used by gardeners to germinate seeds

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The farm’s August heirloom tomatoes are a late crop, germinated in phases to ensure summer-long supplies. Eric Velasco, al, "Follow the journey of local food from seed to plate," 13 Aug. 2019 The seedbed of Morrison’s genius germinated in the family stories that encircled young Chloe, her older sister and two younger brothers. Karen R. Long, cleveland.com, "Lorain’s Toni Morrison captured African-American lives in luminous fiction that won over the world: Karen R. Long," 11 Aug. 2019 After the seeds germinate, transfer to 3-inch containers filled with regular potting soil. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "How to grow your own fruits and vegetables — from food scraps," 10 July 2019 Those seeds were brought back, germinated on Earth, and the saplings were given away to communities across the U.S. during the 1976 bicentennial. Los Angeles Times, "Where to find California’s moon trees, grown from seeds taken aboard an Apollo mission," 20 July 2019 Unfortunately, a large percentage of the seeds germinate and become little trees quickly. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "This invasive tree species is coming up everywhere in North Texas," 16 July 2019 Many of the seeds were later germinated and planted across the United States—and then largely forgotten. Mark Thiessen, National Geographic, "Trees that traveled to space now live on Earth. Here's where to find them.," 8 July 2019 Not Testing the Soil In order for grass to germinate and grow strong, the soil must have the right pH, which is the measure of acidity and alkalinity. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "9 Biggest Lawn Care Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)," 8 July 2019 Yet, under the right conditions, this tiny grain—among the smallest from any flowering plant—can survive in the wild for years, eventually germinating and producing one of botany’s most exquisite blooms. Dornith Doherty, National Geographic, "These x-rays of seeds turn biology into art," 22 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of germinate

1610, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for germinate

Latin germinatus, past participle of germinare to sprout, from germin-, germen bud, germ

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germinate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of germinate

of a seed : to begin to grow
: to cause (a seed) to begin to grow

germinate

verb
ger·​mi·​nate | \ ˈjər-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce germinate (audio) \
germinated; germinating

Kids Definition of germinate

: to begin to grow : sprout She patiently waited for the seeds to germinate.

germinate

verb
ger·​mi·​nate | \ ˈjər-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce germinate (audio) \
germinated; germinating

Medical Definition of germinate

transitive verb

: to cause to sprout or develop

intransitive verb

: to begin to grow : sprout

Other Words from germinate

germination \ ˌjər-​mə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce germination (audio) \ noun

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