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

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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

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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 In addition to mating with each other this past April, Meng Meng was also artificially inseminated to increase the likelihood of pregnancy. Fox News, "Adorable pink panda cubs born at Berlin Zoo," 3 Sep. 2019 The Zoo and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), through years of research and work, have also found a way to successfully artificially inseminate clouded leopards. Kelli Bender,, "National Zoo Warmly Welcomes Their First Clouded Leopard Cubs," 11 Sep. 2019 Yet scientists kept raising money to develop reproductive technologies and hoped the eggs along with preserved sperm from deceased northern white males could be used to inseminate the abundant female southern white rhino. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Scientists have successfully created embryos of the near-extinct northern white rhino," 11 Sep. 2019 According to the New York Times, Epstein hoped that multiple women would be inseminated with his sperm. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Citing ‘nerd tunnel vision,’ biologist George Church apologizes for contacts with Jeffrey Epstein," 5 Aug. 2019 Meng Meng mated for the first time with 9-year-old partner Jiao Qing in April, and was also artificially inseminated to increase the likelihood of pregnancy. Washington Post, "High hopes that Berlin zoo’s panda is expecting," 14 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

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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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