germinate

verb
ger·mi·nate | \ˈjər-mə-ˌnāt \
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 \ noun
germinative \ˈjər-mə-ˌnā-tiv, -mə-nə- \ adjective

Examples of germinate in a Sentence

methods used by gardeners to germinate seeds

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Medical marijuana dispensary hiring in Florida is beginning to germinate, as existing operators prepare to open new stores and other companies enter the market. Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Want a job legally selling pot? You could be in luck: Florida's medical marijuana industry is beginning to take off," 25 June 2018 There’s a two-week window between the time when the spores germinate and white mould appears on the plant. Scientific American, "Agriculture’s Improving Image," 7 May 2018 The seeds germinated and provided a terrific display of variety and color. OregonLive.com, "Are frogs out earlier than usual in Oregon? Ask an expert," 3 Feb. 2018 Seeds are very slow to germinate, so most growers prefer to plant clump divisions, which can be harvested after 2 months. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Onions," 1 Feb. 2018 The seeds stratify over the winter, which encourages them to germinate next spring. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They're beautiful — and in danger. Now, a huge effort focuses on saving monarch butterflies," 13 July 2018 The malting floor is an old-school operation in which barley is spread out to germinate before being kiln-dried. Jonah Flicker, USA TODAY, "Explore four scenic distilleries in the U.K.," 22 June 2018 While that bank has since been removed, some samples remain as part of a 100-year experiment on how long seeds stored in permafrost keep the ability to germinate. Andrea Pitzer, Washington Post, "In the deepest Arctic, sled dogs, polar bears and famed seed vault face melting snow and ice," 26 May 2018 Pre-emergent weedkillers will stop weeds ever from germinating, but proper timing is critical. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Best way to prevent weeds? Keep your grass healthy," 20 Apr. 2018

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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 \
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 \
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 \ noun

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