Definition of germinate
- before Western civilization began to germinate
- —A. L. Kroeber
- waiting for the seeds to germinate
methods used by gardeners to germinate seeds
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First Known Use: 1610See Words from the same year
of a seed : to begin to grow
: to cause (a seed) to begin to grow
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