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

Definition of inseminate

transitive verb

1 : sow
2 : to introduce semen into the genital tract of (a female)

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insemination \ in-​ˌse-​mə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce insemination (audio) \ noun

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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

Examples of inseminate in a Sentence

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 Cypher gave birth to Beckett in 1998 after being artificially inseminated. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Melissa Etheridge says her 21-year-old son, Beckett, has died after he "succumbed" to opioid addiction," 15 May 2020 Cypher gave birth to Beckett in 1998 after being artificially inseminated. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Melissa Etheridge says her 21-year-old son, Beckett, has died after he "succumbed" to opioid addiction," 14 May 2020 Some states will allow unmarried couples to seek a court order establishing parenting rights, including by undergoing a second-parent adoption or the consent to inseminate process. David Dodge, New York Times, "Consult an L.G.B.T.Q. family lawyer:," 17 Apr. 2020 In 1985, a woman who was struggling financially, Mary Beth Whitehead, agreed to be a surrogate and be inseminated with sperm from William Stern, a man whose wife had multiple sclerosis, for $10,000. NBC News, "New York state, long a holdout against legalizing surrogacy, overturns ban," 3 Apr. 2020 The scientists achieved this by recovering eggs from some of their captive cheetahs and inseminating them with sperm in their lab. Rochelle Beighton And Rachel Wood, CNN, "A lab in a remote Namibian city is saving the cheetah from extinction," 19 Mar. 2020 Hannah Olson For more than 30 years, Dr. Quincy Fortier covertly used his own sperm to inseminate his fertility patients. Joey Nolfi,, "King of Staten Island," 15 Jan. 2020 The viable embryo is just the third to be created in a lab with eggs taken from the females and inseminated with frozen sperm from dead males, according to Wednesday’s statement. Cara Anna,, "‘Amazing’: New embryo made of nearly extinct rhino species," 15 Jan. 2020 The series, about a fertility doctor (Timothy Hutton) who secretly inseminated his patients with his own sperm, was a failure out of the gate with both viewers and critics. Jenny Cohen, USA TODAY, "TV midseason report card: From 'Evil' to 'Stumptown,' which new shows are sticking around?," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of inseminate

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inseminate

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

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“Inseminate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inseminate

technical : to put semen into (a woman or a female animal) in order to cause pregnancy


transitive verb
in·​sem·​i·​nate | \ in-ˈsem-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce inseminate (audio) \
inseminated; inseminating

Medical Definition of inseminate

: to introduce semen into the genital tract of (a female)

Other Words from inseminate

insemination \ -​ˌsem-​ə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce insemination (audio) \ noun

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