impregnate

verb
im·​preg·​nate | \im-ˈpreg-ˌnāt, 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 \

Definition of impregnate (Entry 2 of 2)

: being filled or saturated

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Verb

impregnation \ (ˌ)im-​ˌpreg-​ˈnā-​shən \ noun
impregnator \ im-​ˈpreg-​ˌnā-​tər , 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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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 Cohen also represented Elliott Broidy, a former deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, as part of a $1.6 million payoff to a former Playboy model who alleged she was impregnated by Broidy during an affair. Leada Gore, AL.com, "Sean Hannity is Trump lawyer's 'mystery' third client, attorney says," 16 Apr. 2018 The Journal has reported that Ms. Bechard, Playboy’s Miss November 2010, said Mr. Broidy impregnated her during a relationship that spanned more than a year. Joe Palazzolo, WSJ, "Top GOP Fundraiser to Stop Hush Payments Over Affair," 1 July 2018 In a pivotal early moment in 1968’s Rosemary’s Baby, Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) is raped and impregnated by Satan as a coven of chanting witches looms over her. refinery29.com, "Has Roman Polanski Ruined Rosemary's Baby's Legacy? No.," 12 June 2018 One of them impregnated a nine-year-old girl in 2004. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Serial rapist to be sentenced after authorities solve name mystery," 2 July 2018 Moreover, while Christo was investigating Marshall’s claims, a DOI colleague gave him a tip that a CO called Santiago (obviously there’s more than one at Rikers) had impregnated an inmate, but Christo never looked into it. John H. Tucker, Daily Intelligencer, "Rape at Rosie’s," 26 June 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

: to make (a woman or a female animal) pregnant

impregnate

transitive verb
im·​preg·​nate | \im-ˈpreg-ˌnāt, ˈim-ˌ \
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 \ noun

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