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 germinate (audio) \ noun
germinative \ ˈjər-​mə-​ˌnā-​tiv How to pronounce germinate (audio) , -​mə-​nə-​ \ adjective

Examples of germinate in a Sentence

methods used by gardeners to germinate seeds
Recent Examples on the Web The basic premise is that Corbucci’s Westerns germinate from a combination of his personal life growing up in Italy during Fascism and his passion for comic books. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 11 Sep. 2021 Seed needs constant moisture and good soil contact to germinate, which may take two to three weeks. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 The way the theories germinate nonetheless remains relatively standard. David M. Zimmer, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 And so this idea started to germinate in summer of last year. Ariana Marsh, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Aug. 2021 Wait for the soil to cool before planting lettuce and other vegetable seeds that require lower temperatures to germinate. Melinda Myers, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 Being able to germinate crops that can withstand the extreme heat and drought of Africa is one of their target innovation areas. Cindy Gordon, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Seeds germinate and grow most vigorously on soils and surroundings that match their nutritional, textural and moisture requirements. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 7 Aug. 2021 Seeds germinate and grow most vigorously on soils and surroundings that match their nutritional, textural and moisture requirements. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 24 July 2021

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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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29 Sep 2021

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“Germinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/germinate. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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germinate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of germinate

: 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 germinate (audio) \ noun

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