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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These go to seed, and in the late summer the plants germinate and start the spread. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s why this Alaska gardening columnist kills forget-me-not plants whenever he can – and thinks you should, too," 21 June 2018 The Angels pitcher refused to allow his breakout 2017 season to fuel expectations for 2018 or germinate seeds of complacency or entitlement. Mike Digiovanna, latimes.com, "Parker Bridwell provides Angels with pitching insurance," 5 Apr. 2018 In the bird’s droppings, the seeds will germinate and advance, becoming ever more genetically diverse in the process and making the pear ever more adapted to its own spread. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 When the ground is densely shaded, the seeds can't germinate. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Crabgrass Once and for All," 25 June 2018 Both radish and spinach can be replanted, as these seeds germinate and mature quickly. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Plants starting to look a little crowded? Here’s how to thin them out," 28 June 2018 On the other hand, don't let the soil dry out when peas are germinating or blooming or when the pods are swelling. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Growing Peas Has Never Been Easier Than This," 31 Mar. 2017 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

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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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