irrigate

verb ir·ri·gate \ ˈir-ə-ˌgāt \
Updated on: 27 Nov 2017

Definition of irrigate

irrigated; irrigating
transitive verb
1 : wet, moisten: such as
a : to supply (land, crops, etc.) with water by artificial means
  • irrigating the cotton plants
  • irrigates 20 acres of farmland
b : to flush (a body part) with a stream of liquid
  • irrigate the wound with saline solution
  • the eye was irrigated following chemical exposure
2 : to refresh as if by watering
intransitive verb
: to practice irrigation
  • A tensiometer (soil moisture probe), available at any garden center, helps take the guesswork out of irrigating.
  • The Benicia (California) Herald

irrigator

play \ˈir-ə-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Examples of irrigate in a Sentence

  1. The surgeon irrigated the wound.

  2. if you get the chemical in your eye, irrigate the eye thoroughly with water

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Origin and Etymology of irrigate

Latin irrigatus, past participle of irrigare, from in- + rigare to water; perhaps akin to Old High German regan rain — more at rain

irrigate Synonyms


IRRIGATE Defined for English Language Learners

irrigate

verb

Definition of irrigate for English Language Learners

  • : to supply (something, such as land) with water by using artificial means (such as pipes)

  • medical : to clean (a wound or a part of the body) with flowing liquid (such as water)


IRRIGATE Defined for Kids

irrigate

verb ir·ri·gate \ ˈir-ə-ˌgāt \

Definition of irrigate for Students

irrigated; irrigating
1 : to supply (as land) with water by artificial means
  • irrigate crops
2 : to clean with a flow of liquid
  • irrigate a wound

Medical Dictionary

irrigate

transitive verb ir·ri·gate \ ˈir-ə-ˌgāt \

medical Definition of irrigate

irrigated; irrigating
: to flush (a body part) with a stream of liquid
  • irrigate the wound with saline to remove debris
  • the eye was irrigated for 10 minutes following chemical exposure

irrigation

play \ˌir-ə-ˈgā-shən\ noun


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