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impregnate

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

Definition of impregnate

impregnated

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impregnating

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

  3. 2 :  to make pregnant :  fertilize

impregnation

play \(ˌ)im-ˌpreg-ˈnā-shən\ noun

impregnator

play \im-ˈpreg-ˌnā-tər, ˈim-ˌpreg-\ 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 (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

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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-ˌpreg-\

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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