pollinate

verb
pol·​li·​nate | \ ˈpä-lə-ˌnāt How to pronounce pollinate (audio) \
pollinated; pollinating

Definition of pollinate

transitive verb

1 : to carry out the pollination of
2 : to mark or smudge with pollen

Examples of pollinate in a Sentence

The plants are pollinated by bees.

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In all, bees pollinate about $15 billion worth of food crops in the US each year. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "New data show the US honeybee population is still dying in record numbers," 20 June 2019 Bees pollinate $15 billion worth of U.S. food crops. Seth Borenstein, Twin Cities, "Survey sees biggest US honeybee winter die-off yet," 19 June 2019 Bees pollinate $15 billion worth of U.S. food crops. Washington Post, "Survey sees biggest US honeybee winter die-off yet," 19 June 2019 Presumably some of the plants were pollinated by Villalonga’s bees. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Finding an Oasis at Tennis’s Most Crowded Major," 4 June 2019 There, the trees are pollinated by bees that also visit orchids, and their seeds are spread by agoutis, small tree mammals. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Rainforests, explained," 15 May 2019 One of the reasons people have so many food options to choose from is thanks to tiny little bees traveling by air to pollinate the blooms of fruit, nut, and vegetable-bearing plants. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "The artificial bees of our pollinated future," 15 June 2019 Mead can yield a variety of flavors depending in part on the plants that are pollinated. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Feisty Brood Meadery growing in Northfield," 3 June 2019 Over the last decade, commercial beekeepers who produce honey and lease out hives to pollinate crops have struggled with widespread hive collapse that occurs after worker bees suddenly flee. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Miami beekeeper turns sleuth to find stolen hives. A surprise suspect gets stung.," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pollinate

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pollinate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pollinate

: to give (a plant) pollen from another plant of the same kind so that seeds will be produced

pollinate

verb
pol·​li·​nate | \ ˈpä-lə-ˌnāt How to pronounce pollinate (audio) \
pollinated; pollinating

Kids Definition of pollinate

: to transfer or carry pollen from a stamen to a pistil of a flower or from a male cone to a female cone Bees are pollinating the clover.

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