preg·​nan·​cy | \ ˈpreg-nən(t)-sē How to pronounce pregnancy (audio) \
plural pregnancies

Definition of pregnancy

1 : the quality of being pregnant (as in meaning)
2 : the condition of being pregnant : gestation
3 : an instance of being pregnant

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Synonyms for pregnancy


family way, gestation, gravidity

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Examples of pregnancy in a Sentence

an elephant's pregnancy can last almost a year

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Far from those flames but still rocking a hot animal print was Ashley Graham, who recently announced her pregnancy. Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Diplo, Tracee Ellis Ross, and More," 31 Aug. 2019 What the Trump administration and the religious right fail to acknowledge is that Planned Parenthood, more than any other organization, is responsible for stopping unintended pregnancies. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Trump’s abortion rule is devastating to women’s health," 21 Aug. 2019 The zoo first announced her pregnancy, which was achieved through artificial insemination, in March 2018. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "It's a boy! Louisville Zoo baby elephant weighs in at 200-plus pounds," 3 Aug. 2019 However, Cardi B addressed this video and other rumors surrounding her husband's infidelity in a March interview with Cosmopolitan and a month later announced her pregnancy. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Cardi B Tattooed Offset's Name on Her Leg and It Looks Like It Hurt," 23 July 2019 Their neighbor, a witch, has cast a spell preventing pregnancy. Los Angeles Times, "Sutton Foster on the frustrations of infertility: ‘It changes a marriage, it changes a relationship’," 19 July 2019 The couple announced their pregnancy in September 2018 on social media and during the filming of RHOA. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Everything We Know About Porsha Williams and Dennis McKinley's Alleged Split," 25 June 2019 The rate is dropping in significant measure because of a dramatic decline in unwanted and teen pregnancies. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Cradles, Pews and the Societal Shifts Coming to Politics," 24 June 2019 The absolute lack of understanding about unplanned pregnancy is shocking. Vicky Spratt,, "The Real Reason Why Abortion Figures Are Rising," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of pregnancy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of pregnancy

: the condition of a woman or female animal that is going to have a baby or babies : the condition of a pregnant woman or female animal


preg·​nan·​cy | \ ˈpreg-nən-sē How to pronounce pregnancy (audio) \
plural pregnancies

Kids Definition of pregnancy

: the state of being pregnant


preg·​nan·​cy | \ ˈpreg-nən-sē How to pronounce pregnancy (audio) \
plural pregnancies

Medical Definition of pregnancy

1 : the condition of being pregnant
2 : an instance of being pregnant

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