inseminate

verb

in·​sem·​i·​nate in-ˈse-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce inseminate (audio)
inseminated; inseminating

transitive verb

1
: sow
2
: to introduce semen into the genital tract of (a female)
insemination noun
Choose the Right Synonym for inseminate

implant, inculcate, instill, inseminate, infix mean to introduce into the mind.

implant implies teaching that makes for permanence of what is taught.

implanted a love of reading in her students

inculcate implies persistent or repeated efforts to impress on the mind.

tried to inculcate in him high moral standards

instill stresses gradual, gentle imparting of knowledge over a long period of time.

instill traditional values in your children

inseminate applies to a sowing of ideas in many minds so that they spread through a class or nation.

inseminated an unquestioning faith in technology

infix stresses firmly inculcating a habit of thought.

infixed a chronic cynicism

Example Sentences

She was artificially inseminated in January. the notion that their monarch ruled by divine right had been inseminated in the people for countless generations
Recent Examples on the Web This week, Netflix released the documentary Our Father, the story of Dr. Donald Cline, a man who used his own sperm to inseminate his patients at his Indianapolis fertility clinic. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 13 May 2022 Employing dramatic recreations in subtle but manipulative ways, the film methodically breaks down the actions of Dr. Donald Cline, an Indiana fertility specialist who lied to his patients by using his own sperm to inseminate dozens of them. Brian Lowry, CNN, 11 May 2022 The woman from Colorado also said Coates agreed to inseminate her with donor material from an unnamed medical student. CBS News, 8 Feb. 2022 Instead, the lawsuit claims, her biological dad was a man whose sperm was used to inseminate Jeanine Harvey without her or her husband’s consent. NBC News, 5 Feb. 2022 Screams ensue when the celebs are asked to sheer sheep, corral pigs and even artificially inseminate cows. Kelly Wynne, PEOPLE.com, 6 Dec. 2021 Unlike cows, donkeys are notoriously difficult to artificially inseminate. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Oct. 2021 Years and generations of oryxes later, the researchers take the historical sperm out of storage and artificially inseminate current female oryxes. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Aug. 2021 Patients who gave Barwin their sperm for safekeeping, only to have him use it to inseminate someone without their knowledge, can claim up to about $20,080. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin inseminatus, past participle of inseminare, from in- + semin-, semen seed — more at semen

First Known Use

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inseminate was circa 1623

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Cite this Entry

“Inseminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inseminate. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

inseminate

verb

in·​sem·​i·​nate in-ˈsem-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce inseminate (audio)
inseminated; inseminating
: to introduce semen into the genital tract of (a female)
insemination noun

Medical Definition

inseminate

transitive verb

in·​sem·​i·​nate in-ˈsem-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce inseminate (audio)
inseminated; inseminating
: to introduce semen into the genital tract of (a female)
insemination noun

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