inseminate

verb
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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Other Words from inseminate

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 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, "Our Ten Most Popular Stories of 2020," 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, "He was ‘Doctor of the Year’ for helping thousands of women get pregnant. But DNA tests unraveled a dark secret.," 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, "Woman sues after learning ‘anonymous’ sperm donor was her own fertility doctor," 19 Nov. 2020 Some species of flatworm engage in this duel to see who can inseminate the other. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "Nine of the Weirdest Penises in the Animal Kingdom," 17 Nov. 2020 The case is not the first time a Dutch fertility doctor has been unmasked for using his own sperm to inseminate women. Fox News, "Dutch gynecologist fathered at least 17 kids without telling patients, hospital says," 6 Oct. 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," 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

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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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The first known use of inseminate was circa 1623

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“Inseminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inseminate. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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inseminate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of inseminate

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

inseminate

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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