inseminate

verb in·sem·i·nate \ in-ˈse-mə-ˌnāt \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of inseminate

inseminated; inseminating
transitive verb
1 : sow
2 : to introduce semen into the genital tract of (a female)

insemination

play \in-ˌse-mə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

Examples of inseminate in a Sentence

  1. She was artificially inseminated in January.

  2. the notion that their monarch ruled by divine right had been inseminated in the people for countless generations

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Origin and Etymology of inseminate

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

inseminate Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of 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

INSEMINATE Defined for English Language Learners

inseminate

verb

Definition of inseminate for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

inseminate

transitive verb in·sem·i·nate \ in-ˈsem-ə-ˌnāt \

medical Definition of inseminate

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

insemination

play \-ˌsem-ə-ˈnā-shən\ noun


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