pregnancy

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Despite dealing with nonstop nausea, Schumer does see a bright side in pregnancy — not having to deal with tampons. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "5 Times Amy Schumer Got Real About Pregnancy in Her Netflix Special 'Growing'," 26 Mar. 2019 Rising hormones in pregnancy, such as estrogen and progesterone, may also contribute by impacting dopamine production, though the scientific jury is still out. Kristin Auble, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Restless Legs Syndrome," 16 Mar. 2019 Speaking on Wednesday at the site of a deadly collision in March that killed two small children and injured two mothers—including one who was pregnant and then subsequently suffered the death of her unborn daughter later in her pregnancy—Mr. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "De Blasio Presses Albany to Extend Speed Cameras in School Zones," 30 May 2018 In all seriousness though, no one was safe on #ThisIsUs Twitter Tuesday night — not even Kate, who had quite a rough time after her water broke in week 28 of her pregnancy. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Are Furious With Kevin, Kate, and Randall After the Latest Episode," 6 Mar. 2019 The footage then quickly cuts Brianna and Claire having an intense conversation about the future of her pregnancy. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Sneak Peek: Brianna Discovers What Really Happened to Roger," 4 Jan. 2019 The Office of Refugee Resettlement forced her to go to a crisis pregnancy center, where she was subjected to medically unnecessary procedures. Fox News, "Kavanaugh grilled on cases during confirmation hearing," 6 Sep. 2018 In previous years, Mei Xiang has had at least six pseudopregnancies, exhibiting the habits and hormonal profiles of pregnancy without actually carrying a fetus. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "A Primer on the Zoo’s Possibly Pregnant Giant Panda," 28 June 2018 Their three-year romance included liberal helpings of drama: public feuds with Tyga's baby mama (who later had a baby with Kylie's brother, Rob Kardashian), continuous pregnancy rumors, and multiple messy public breakups. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About All of Kylie Jenner's Ex-Boyfriends," 20 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of pregnancy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pregnancy

noun

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

pregnancy

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

Kids Definition of pregnancy

: the state of being pregnant

pregnancy

noun
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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