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
Recent Examples on the Web The seeds should begin to germinate and grow over the next few months, maybe sooner. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Richardson is planting 2,400 pounds of wildflower seeds across the city," 13 Oct. 2020 The seeds may germinate and start to grow during the hotter months but shortly decline. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "How to control aphids on hibiscus plants," 26 Sep. 2020 The seeds will eventually need moisture to germinate, but most wildflower gardeners successfully rely on rain. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Plant wildflower seed now for spring and summer blooms," 10 Sep. 2020 The optimal timing for applying corn gluten meal for pre-emergent weed control is just before the weeds start to germinate. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Corn gluten meal is the pre-emergent herbicide you want this fall," 8 Sep. 2020 Many animals have strategies for dealing with fires, and some plants even require heat from the flames to germinate their seeds. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "How Koalas Survive Forest Fires: Australia Is Global Test for Animals," 6 Sep. 2020 However, spreading seed without adequate soil preparation is a waste of effort; seeds need good contact with soil to germinate and grow. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "It’s lawn-fixing season. Here’s how to do it.," 26 Aug. 2020 The blaze largely burned the forest floor, which allows for nutrient cycling and allows redwood seedlings to germinate, O’Neil said. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Firefighters save 1,400-year-old redwood at Armstrong park," 25 Aug. 2020 Bluegrass takes about two weeks to germinate, so pay careful attention to watering in order to keep the seed moist during this period of time. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Grass seed failing to sprout? Your lawn might need some TLC to get grass to grow," 8 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of germinate was in 1610

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22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Germinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/germinate. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for germinate

germinate

verb
How to pronounce germinate (audio)

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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