irrigate

verb
ir·​ri·​gate | \ ˈir-ə-ˌgāt How to pronounce irrigate (audio) \
irrigated; irrigating

Definition of irrigate

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

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Other Words from irrigate

irrigator \ ˈir-​ə-​ˌgā-​tər How to pronounce irrigator (audio) \ noun

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Examples of irrigate in a Sentence

The surgeon irrigated the wound. if you get the chemical in your eye, irrigate the eye thoroughly with water
Recent Examples on the Web In land this fertile and well-irrigated, the jungle grows back quickly. National Geographic, "Logging is corrupting these islands. One village fights back—and wins.," 3 Jan. 2020 The woman continued to irrigate her eye and take medication. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "California trail runner ends up with infectious worms in her eye," 8 Nov. 2019 But the canals worked just as well to irrigate poppies - which were much more profitable to grow. Craig Whitlock, Anchorage Daily News, "In confidential documents, U.S. officials said almost everything they did to end opium farming in Afghanistan backfired," 9 Dec. 2019 The mighty Columbia River, which irrigates much of wine country, is predicted to be a stable water supply for many years to come, Henick-Smith said. Washington Post, "From modest beginnings, Washington now a force in wine world," 27 Nov. 2019 The Columbia River, which irrigates much of wine country, is predicted to be a stable water supply for many years to come, Henick-Smith said. Nicholas K. Geranios, SFChronicle.com, "From modest beginnings, Washington now a force in wine world," 27 Nov. 2019 No one would bat an eye if six farmers sought permits to irrigate 500 acres each. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Lessons seen in ill-fated water-rail plan," 9 Nov. 2019 There's also the million-gallon water tank that allows museum staff to irrigate a large area in case of a fire, Lapin said. Amir Vera, CNN, "A wildfire is getting close to the Getty Museum. Here's why they're not moving the art," 28 Oct. 2019 Tillamook Row also has three rain-catching cisterns to irrigate the community garden and much of the property's drought-resistant landscaping year-round. oregonlive, "Tour old, new zero-energy homes that make more power than they use," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of irrigate

1615, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for irrigate

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

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The first known use of irrigate was in 1615

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9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Irrigate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irrigate. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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More Definitions for irrigate

irrigate

verb
How to pronounce irrigate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of irrigate

: 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

verb
ir·​ri·​gate | \ ˈir-ə-ˌgāt How to pronounce irrigate (audio) \
irrigated; irrigating

Kids Definition of irrigate

1 : to supply (as land) with water by artificial means irrigate crops
2 : to clean with a flow of liquid irrigate a wound
ir·​ri·​gate | \ ˈir-ə-ˌgāt How to pronounce irrigate (audio) \
irrigated; irrigating

Medical Definition of irrigate

: 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

Other Words from irrigate

irrigation \ ˌir-​ə-​ˈgā-​shən How to pronounce irrigation (audio) \ noun

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