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

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Zettler recently discovered that ghost orchids can only germinate in the presence of one species, in the genus Ceratobasidium. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "Discovery reveals secrets about how ghost orchids reproduce," 11 July 2019 Concentrate your efforts on the top couple of inches of soil where seeds are germinating and the small root systems of new plants are getting off to a start. oregonlive.com, "Plant these vegetables now for Oregon’s fall harvest," 8 July 2019 Lata said systems in the upper elevation actually need fire to help germinate seeds. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "As Woodbury Fire continues, Tonto National Forest officials assess damage to native vegetation," 24 June 2019 Pre-soaking large seeds like corn, beans and cucurbits may help them germinate more quickly. oregonlive.com, "Trial gardens show vegetables can be grown without irrigation," 11 June 2019 Expect the seeds to germinate in three to seven days. Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Microgreens Indoors at Home," 22 Aug. 2018 Normally seed stored under these conditions remain viable and able to germinate for several years. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Warm up tomato harvest with cold protection," 6 Jan. 2018 This type of weed controller is formulated to prevent weed seeds from germinating, which will greatly reduce the number of crabgrass, dandelions and other weeds. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Your Lawn Ready for Spring," 22 Jan. 2019 Workshops and presentations at Northeastern University’s Shillman Hall will focus on skills and techniques for both beginners and experts, from germinating seeds indoors to conserving water. BostonGlobe.com, "Five things to do the week of March 26-30," 23 Mar. 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 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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