Definition of impregnate
1a : to cause to be filled, imbued, permeated, or saturated impregnate wood with varnishb : to permeate thoroughly
2 : to make pregnant : fertilize
impregnationplay \(ˌ)im-ˌpreg-ˈnā-shən\ noun
impregnatorplay \im-ˈpreg-ˌnā-tər, ˈim-ˌpreg-\ noun
Examples of impregnate in a Sentence
a cake impregnated with brandy
impregnated the cloth with furniture polish
Recent Examples of impregnate from the Web
Already in 2017, 168 antiabortion bills have been introduced to state and federal legislators, including Oklahoma House Bill 1441, which would force a woman who wants an abortion to get the consent of the person who impregnated her.
Berry gave birth to a daughter, and Lee said she was impregnated five times, but miscarried each one after being beaten by Castro.
Another horrific story comes out of the Orlando area, in which a mentally disabled woman was raped and impregnated in a group home overseen by state officials.
Farmers no longer believe, as the Greeks did, that the west wind somehow impregnates mares.
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill that provides nearly $1 million to a severely disabled Orlando woman who was raped and impregnated while in the care of a state-run group home in 2002.
Investigators said Hawthorne impregnated the teen, with whom he was acquainted, in December 2014.
The most prominent case involved a female correctional officer who was impregnated by Ronell Wilson, who received the first federal death sentence in New York City in more than a half-century for murdering two undercover police officers.
In Nigeria, UNFPA is in refugee camps, tending to girls who have been kidnapped, raped and often impregnated by Boko Haram militants.
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Origin and Etymology of impregnate
Late Latin impraegnatus, past participle of impraegnare, from Latin in- + praegnas pregnant
First Known Use: 1605See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of impregnate
Definition of impregnate
: being filled or saturated
First Known Use of impregnate
IMPREGNATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of impregnate for English Language Learners
: to cause (a material) to be filled or soaked with something
: to make (a woman or a female animal) pregnant
Medical Definition of impregnate
1a: to make pregnantb: to introduce sperm into : fertilize
2: to cause to be filled, imbued, permeated, or saturated gauze impregnated with white petrolatum
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