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

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

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

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In March, Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated using semen from Tian Tian. Washington Post, "Giant panda at National Zoo may be pregnant," 7 Aug. 2019 Through a quick series of only-in-a-telenovela events, Jane is accidentally inseminated with the sperm of Rafael Solano (Justin Baldoni), the handsome hotel mogul who was also Jane’s first crush. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Why ‘Jane the Virgin’ is the TV show you need right now," 5 Aug. 2019 In the first few episodes, Jane gets artificially inseminated by her doctor and ends up being pregnant by her super-hot boss and ex-crush Rafael Solano. Lluvia Perez, Teen Vogue, "Jane the Virgin’s Impact On American Viewers and Latinx Storytelling," 1 Aug. 2019 Breeders can overcome this problem by artificially inseminating queens. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Breeders toughen up bees to resist deadly mites," 25 July 2019 Canadian medical authorities revoked the license of a fertility doctor who inseminated at least 11 women with his own sperm and used the incorrect sperm to impregnate between 50 and 100 patients. Julie Mazziotta,, "Fertility Doctor, 80, Loses License for Inseminating at Least 11 Women with His Own Sperm," 27 June 2019 Their reproductive cycles are the same (commercial hens have to be artificially inseminated). Popular Mechanics, "The Secrets of Raising Heritage Turkeys," 21 Nov. 2018 The fecund doctor, Donald Cline, has since admitted to lying to patients and using his own sperm to inseminate them. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Fertility doc inseminated dozens of women with own sperm, DNA sites find," 31 Aug. 2018 However, even most of those farms still use gestation stalls when sows are artificially inseminated, and some use them to test whether the sows are pregnant, council spokesman David Warner said. Colleen Slevin, The Seattle Times, "Undercover video shows pig abuse but also common practices," 30 July 2018

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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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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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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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