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impregnate

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

Definition of impregnate

impregnated; impregnating
transitive verb
1 a :to cause to be filled, imbued, permeated, or saturated
  • impregnate wood with varnish
b :to permeate thoroughly
2 :to make pregnant :fertilize

impregnation

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impregnator

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Examples of impregnate in a Sentence

  1. a cake impregnated with brandy

  2. impregnated the cloth with furniture polish

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Origin and Etymology of impregnate

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

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

:being filled or saturated

First Known Use of impregnate

1646


IMPREGNATE Defined for English Language Learners

impregnate

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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; impregnating
1 a :to make pregnant
b :to introduce sperm into :fertilize
2 :to cause to be filled, imbued, permeated, or saturated
  • gauze impregnated with white petrolatum

impregnation

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