Definition of germinate
germinationplay \ˌjər-mə-ˈnā-shən\ noun
germinativeplay \ˈjər-mə-ˌnā-tiv, -mə-nə-\ adjective
Examples of germinate in a Sentence
methods used by gardeners to germinate seeds
Recent Examples of germinate from the Web
Hyperpartisan Facebook pages If Twitter is where liberal conspiracy theories germinate and spread among news junkies, Facebook is where anti-Republican propaganda can go wide.
The idea for Destination Fitness germinated in the neighborhood's Healthy Community Zones group.
One red root pigweed plant can produce 100,000 seeds that can continue to germinate over the next 15 to 20 years.
Seed taken in fall and scattered in well-drained, sunny locations usually germinate and produce flowers the following year.
There, the spores germinate and break through the beetle's exoskeleton and begin growing inside its body.
Keep the soil lightly moist while the seeds germinate.
The seeds will begin to germinate in seven to 10 days.
But as Tia Ghose reports for Live Science, plants may actually make a decision about one key to their survival: when to germinate.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'germinate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of germinate
Latin germinatus, past participle of germinare to sprout, from germin-, germen bud, germ
First Known Use: 1610See Words from the same year
GERMINATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of germinate for English Language Learners
of a seed : to begin to grow
: to cause (a seed) to begin to grow
GERMINATE Defined for Kids
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up germinate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).