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impregnate

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verb im·preg·nate \im-ˈpreg-ˌnāt, ˈim-ˌ\

Definition of impregnate

impregnated

impregnating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cause to be filled, imbued, permeated, or saturated <impregnate wood with varnish> b :  to permeate thoroughly

  3. 2 :  to make pregnant :  fertilize

impregnation

play \(ˌ)im-ˌpreg-ˈnā-shən\ noun

impregnator

play \im-ˈpreg-ˌnā-tər, ˈim-ˌ\ noun

Examples of impregnate in a sentence

  1. a cake impregnated with brandy

  2. <impregnated the cloth with furniture polish>

Origin and Etymology of impregnate

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


First Known Use: 1605

Synonym Discussion of impregnate

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 (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>.

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impregnate

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adjective im·preg·nate \im-ˈpreg-nət\

Definition of impregnate

  1. :  being filled or saturated

1646

First Known Use of impregnate

1646


IMPREGNATE Defined for English Language Learners

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impregnate

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verb im·preg·nate \im-ˈpreg-ˌnāt, ˈim-ˌ\

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 Dictionary

impregnate

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

Medical Definition of impregnate

impregnated

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impregnating

  1. 1a:  to make pregnantb:  to introduce sperm into :  fertilize

  2. 2:  to cause to be filled, imbued, permeated, or saturated <gauze impregnated with white petrolatum>

impregnation

\(ˌ)im-ˌpreg-ˈnā-shən\play noun


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