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 inseminate (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 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 The researchers’ workaround was to use a hydraulic restraining device that would keep a female oryx still enough—and gently—for researchers to inject or inseminate her. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Aug. 2021 For that reason, Durrant and her team were able to inseminate the zoo’s rhinos by hand. Damon Casarez, Popular Mechanics, 2 Aug. 2021 Donors and recipients answer questions about ovulation tests and what day to inseminate, and even recommend their favorite kit, syringe, or cup. Tonya Russell, The Atlantic, 21 May 2021 Take similar comfort in the fact that humans don’t need to drink urine to start a relationship, as is the case with giraffes, nor inseminate each other via open wounds, as bed bugs do. Tara Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Dec. 2020 Named as the Doctor of the Year by the state, Fortier was later sued by at least two patients for fraudulently using his own sperm to artificially inseminate them. Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2020 Until recently there were few laws explicitly barring doctors from using their own sperm to inseminate fertility patients; five states now have them. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2020

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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

: 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 inseminate (audio) \ noun

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