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
Recent Examples on the Web She was artificially inseminated in March with semen from Tian Tian. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Giant panda Bei Bei turns 4 this week, but his days in Washington are numbered," 21 Aug. 2019 Victoria was artificially inseminated on March 22 of last year with semen from southern white rhino father Maoto. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Birth at Safari Park marks milestone in saving nearly extinct rhino," 29 July 2019 During the 1990s, many clinics deemed it necessary to inseminate as many of a patient’s eggs as possible, because many embryos didn’t make it through the freezing and thawing process. NBC News, "Nation's fertility clinics struggle with a growing number of abandoned embryos," 12 Aug. 2019 The retired fertility doctor is accused of using his own sperm to inseminate patients and lying to authorities. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Why Fox's 'Almost Family' angers some children of an infamous Indiana fertility doctor," 25 Aug. 2017 Researchers will attempt to artificially inseminate their eggs with frozen sperm from a northern white rhino. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Eggs extracted from the last 2 northern white rhinos may save the species," 23 Aug. 2019 More recently, in Canada, a fertility doctor was formally reprimanded in June for inseminating at least 11 women with his own sperm and giving the wrong sperm to dozens more women beginning in the 1970s. NBC News, "Ohio family using DNA kit learns dad and daughter not related, sues fertility clinic," 9 Aug. 2019 Much like Game of Thrones, Jane the Virgin is full of strong women leads like Jane; her mother and grandmother Alba and Xiomara; hotelier, Petra; and Luisa, the doctor that accidentally inseminated her. Lluvia Perez, Teen Vogue, "Jane the Virgin’s Impact On American Viewers and Latinx Storytelling," 1 Aug. 2019 Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated March 28 and showed signs of possibly being pregnant. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "No giant panda cub this year at National Zoo," 11 Sep. 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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The first known use of inseminate was circa 1623

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30 Nov 2019

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“Inseminate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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