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

Synonyms for irrigate

Synonyms

flush, rinse, sluice, wash, wash out

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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

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Nanos added there are eight natural areas that are not maintained or irrigated at the golf club, thereby allowing a habitat for wildlife. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Glencoe Golf Club encourages kids to connect with nature," 11 June 2019 The crops were tested in three ways with three tomatoes in each planting: one group was irrigated; one was mulched with grass clippings and not irrigated; and one was not irrigated. oregonlive.com, "Trial gardens show vegetables can be grown without irrigation," 11 June 2019 The rooftop is solar-ready, the garage is wired for an electric-car charger, and the yard is irrigated. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Imagine your new indoor-outdoor lifestyle in Kensington," 10 June 2019 This could cripple livelihoods across the predominantly agricultural country, where 80% of water is used to irrigate thirsty crops such as sugar cane and rice. Jessie Yeung, Helen Regan And Swati Gupta, CNN, "India's sixth biggest city is almost entirely out of water," 19 June 2019 Right now, in Illinois and other states in the eastern part of the Midwest, most farmers don’t need to irrigate their crops. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "The Midwest's Farms Face an Intense, Crop-Killing Future," 18 June 2019 If the water used to irrigate a field has animal feces in it, the water can contaminate the food growing in that field, for example. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "Pillsbury’s flour recall serves as a devastating reminder that cookie dough is dangerous," 17 June 2019 All rainwater from the drain pipes is used to irrigate the factory’s gardens. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "A tiny factory in southern Spain fries potato chips in award-winning olive oil for chef Jose Andres," 10 June 2019 The river levels are expected to rise again as summer approaches and the dam releases to irrigate crops in and around Eagle Pass and to provide electricity for the town. New York Times, "Death on the Rio Grande: A Look at a Perilous Migrant Route," 8 June 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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irrigate

verb

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

irrigate

transitive verb
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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