ovulate

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verb

ovulated; ovulating; ovulates

intransitive + transitive

: to release a mature ovum during ovulation : to discharge an egg cell from an ovary
… women don't necessarily have textbook cycles—they may ovulate on day 8 in a short cycle, for example, or on day 20 in a long one—so predicting fertility can be a lottery. Judith N. Schwartz
The twins came from a single embryo, as normally results when a mare ovulates and is bred. The Chronicle of the Horse
Large male canines usually function in inter-male competition for ovulating females … David D. Arter
To initiate embryo transfer a female animal is given a fertility drug that causes her to ovulate several eggs at one time. Noel Vietmeyer
A woman is born with a finite number of eggs, which gradually get ovulated or die off as she ages. Claudia Kalb

ovulate

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adjective

ovu·​late ˈä-vyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce ovulate (audio) ˈō- How to pronounce ovulate (audio)
-lət
botany
: bearing an ovule (see ovule sense 1)
ovulate pine cones

Word History

Etymology

Verb

ovule or its source, Medieval Latin ōvulum + -ate entry 4

Adjective

ovule + -ate entry 3

First Known Use

Verb

1851, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ovulate was in 1851

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Cite this Entry

“Ovulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ovulate. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

ovulate

verb
ovulated; ovulating
: to produce eggs or release them from an ovary
ovulation
ˌäv-yə-ˈlā-shən
ˌōv-
noun

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