impregnate

verb
im·​preg·​nate | \ im-ˈpreg-ˌnāt How to pronounce impregnate (audio) , ˈim-ˌpreg-\
impregnated; impregnating

Definition of impregnate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cause to be filled, imbued, permeated, or saturated impregnate wood with varnish
b : to permeate thoroughly
2 : to make pregnant : fertilize

impregnate

adjective
im·​preg·​nate | \ im-ˈpreg-nət How to pronounce impregnate (audio) \

Definition of impregnate (Entry 2 of 2)

: being filled or saturated

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Other Words from impregnate

Verb

impregnation \ (ˌ)im-​ˌpreg-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce impregnation (audio) \ noun
impregnator \ im-​ˈpreg-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce impregnator (audio) , ˈim-​ˌpreg-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for impregnate

Synonyms: Verb

drench, drown, macerate, saturate, soak, sodden, sop, souse, steep

Antonyms: Verb

wring (out)

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Verb

soak, saturate, drench, steep, impregnate mean to permeate or be permeated with a liquid. soak implies usually prolonged immersion as for softening or cleansing. soak the garment in soapy water saturate implies a resulting effect of complete absorption until no more liquid can be held. a saturated sponge drench implies a thorough wetting by something that pours down or is poured. clothes drenched by a cloudburst steep suggests either the extraction of an essence (as of tea leaves) by the liquid or the imparting of a quality (such as a color) to the thing immersed. steep the tea for five minutes impregnate implies a thorough interpenetration of one thing by another. a cake strongly impregnated with brandy

Examples of impregnate in a Sentence

Verb

a cake impregnated with brandy impregnated the cloth with furniture polish

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As for how to get that impregnated-by-Ryan-Reynolds look — well, that's a tutorial Lively has yet to share. Marci Robin, Allure, "Blake Lively Is Pregnant, Sure, But Did You See Her Curly Hair?," 3 May 2019 Your kindly old neighbors were secret Satanists ready to impregnate you with the devil’s spawn. Thomas Mallon, WSJ, "‘The Dakota Winters’ Review: Uptown in the ’80s," 30 Nov. 2018 In Braveheart, for instance, Edward is portrayed as a weakling; and Mel Gibson’s William Wallace cuckolds the King, impregnating his wife. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Beyond The Favourite: The Royal Family's Very Queer History," 22 Feb. 2019 In 2004, a Florida appeals court panel ruled that Gov. Jeb Bush could not appoint a guardian for the fetus of a developmentally disabled woman who had been raped and impregnated by a staff member at a state-run group home in Orlando. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, "Can the ‘immortal cells’ of Henrietta Lacks sue for their own rights?," 25 June 2018 The longest-serving is Mayra Veronica Figueroa, 33, a maid who was impregnated by rape and lost her baby near full term. Juan Carlos, Marie Claire, "This Is What a World Without Reproductive Rights Would Be Like," 25 Apr. 2016 Castro raped and beat and impregnated Knight repeatedly. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Calif. valedictorian gets mic cut off mid-speech. I hope we haven’t heard the last of her.," 12 June 2018 In 2017, Davidson came to represent a former Playboy model who said she was impregnated by Broidy, then the deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. Sara Sidner And Scott Glover, CNN, "Hush money deals business as usual for Stormy Daniels' ex-attorney," 27 Apr. 2018 Broidy, who until today served with Cohen as a top fundraiser for the Republican National Committee, impregnated the woman last year and got Cohen to arrange the hush money, according to the Journal. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Michael Cohen ≠ Scooter Libby," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of impregnate

Verb

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for impregnate

Verb

Late Latin impraegnatus, past participle of impraegnare, from Latin in- + praegnas pregnant

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impregnate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of impregnate

: to cause (a material) to be filled or soaked with something
technical : to make (a woman or a female animal) pregnant

impregnate

transitive verb
im·​preg·​nate | \ im-ˈpreg-ˌnāt, ˈim-ˌ How to pronounce impregnate (audio) \
impregnated; impregnating

Medical Definition of impregnate

1a : to make pregnant
b : to introduce sperm into : fertilize
2 : to cause to be filled, imbued, permeated, or saturated gauze impregnated with white petrolatum

Other Words from impregnate

impregnation \ (ˌ)im-​ˌpreg-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce impregnation (audio) \ noun

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