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


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

Definition of impregnate (Entry 2 of 2)

: being filled or saturated

Other Words from impregnate


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for impregnate

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And none of these policies mention what lawmakers think should happen to the men who impregnate women. Grant Hughes, Glamour, 13 July 2022 In this Danish comedy, a fertility specialist hatches a drunken plan to use her ex-boyfriend’s sperm to impregnate herself and somehow win him back. Hau Chu, Washington Post, 8 June 2022 Casanova’s mystically enabled sperm would impregnate her with a male fetus endowed with her soul. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 In addition to Cline, the documentary claims, there are 44 other doctors who have used their own sperm to impregnate their patients; they, too, were discovered through at-home DNA testing. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 12 May 2022 In 2017, Cline avoided jail time for lying about using his own sperm to impregnate as many as dozens of women after telling them the donors were anonymous. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, 22 May 2022 And in the documentary Our Father, nearly 100 people learn they were fathered by the same fertility doctor who, without consent, used his own sperm to impregnate patients. Ew Staff,, 11 May 2022 Our Father recounts the case of Indianapolis doctor Donald Cline, who, over the course of several years, repeatedly used his own sperm to impregnate dozens of unwitting women seeking fertility treatment. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 12 May 2022 Beginning in 1979, Dr. Cline, by his own admission, used his own sperm to impregnate patients at his Indianapolis clinic. John Anderson, WSJ, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The genetic material was thus less effective for artificial insemination procedures to impregnate female dogs. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of impregnate


1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for impregnate


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

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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 impregnate (audio) \ noun

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