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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What makes Kevlar fabric so effective is that it's impregnated with resin to produce a shell, which is lighter and tougher than steel. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Century-Long Evolution of the U.S. Army Helmet," 27 June 2019 And should we get rid of the Declaration of Independence because Jefferson, a slave owner, who impregnated one of his slaves, wrote it? Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letter: Apparently, history must be changed," 27 June 2019 At the San Diego Zoo, reproductive scientists successfully impregnated two southern white rhino females after years of painstaking effort, says Parker Pennington, a reproductive scientist at the zoo who works on northern white rhino conservation. Rebecca Boyle, Discover Magazine, "The Quixotic Quest to Birth a Baby Northern White Rhino," 25 June 2019 This way, a single dose of bull semen could be used to impregnate a whole lot of heifers. Maureen O'hagan, Scientific American, "From Two Bulls, Nine Million Dairy Cows," 20 June 2019 This way, a single dose of bull semen could be used to impregnate a whole lot of heifers. Maureen O’hagan, Quartz, "The way we breed cows is setting them up for extinction," 24 June 2019 In Nigeria, Boko Haram kidnapped girls as young as nine with the intent to impregnate them and breed a new generation of fighters. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Alabama's Abortion Ban Is Akin to Torture," 16 May 2019 Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper finally performed Shallow, impregnating all of Twitter. Vogue, "These Are the Most Viral Moments From the Oscars 2019," 25 Feb. 2019 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

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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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