germinate

verb

ger·​mi·​nate ˈjər-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce germinate (audio)
germinated; germinating

transitive verb

: to cause to sprout or develop

intransitive verb

1
: to come into being : evolve
before Western civilization began to germinateA. L. Kroeber
2
: to begin to grow : sprout
waiting for the seeds to germinate
germination noun
germinative adjective

Example Sentences

methods used by gardeners to germinate seeds
Recent Examples on the Web This seed will germinate when the soil temperature is between 65-70 degrees. Chris Mckeown, The Enquirer, 4 Mar. 2023 When your mind is free to create and focus on the big picture, your clarity of thought will improve and your best ideas will germinate. Expert Panel, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023 Artists of all types, according to Rubin, should open their senses to the world to take in information, to gather seeds that can germinate into an idea. Marc Ballon, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2023 This organic mix can be used to germinate seeds or start cuttings. Renee Freemon Mulvihill, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Feb. 2023 Since it’s sealed, the container will only have enough air for about a week, but that’s enough to see if the seeds germinate successfully. Breanna Draxler, Discover Magazine, 25 Nov. 2013 The time is now to plant — the sooner, the better, because wildflowers need moist ground to germinate in. Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2023 Grain is steeped in huge tanks, where the dormant seeds are soaked and awakened, then allowed to germinate and sprout. Zoeann Murphy, Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2022 The thing that marketing teams can’t fully grok is that TikTok interest is organic, growing like a mushroom, sending out spores that germinate and thread through existing cultural ephemera. Chelsea G. Summers, Vulture, 22 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin germinatus, past participle of germinare to sprout, from germin-, germen bud, germ

First Known Use

1610, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of germinate was in 1610

Dictionary Entries Near germinate

Cite this Entry

“Germinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/germinate. Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

germinate

verb
ger·​mi·​nate ˈjər-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce germinate (audio)
germinated; germinating
1
: to cause to sprout or develop
2
: to begin to grow : sprout
3
: to come into being : evolve
germination noun

Medical Definition

germinate

verb
ger·​mi·​nate ˈjər-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce germinate (audio)
germinated; germinating

transitive verb

: to cause to sprout or develop

intransitive verb

: to begin to grow : sprout
germination noun
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