preg·nan·cy | \ ˈpreg-nən(t)-sē \
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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Examples of pregnancy in a Sentence

an elephant's pregnancy can last almost a year

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That's why fans are already on a roll regarding another celebrity pregnancy, regardless of whether or not that celebrity is actually pregnant. Kathryn Lindsay,, "The Beyoncé Pregnancy Fan Theory, Explained," 11 July 2018 Cardi B's pregnancy had many a high-profile moment. Vogue, "Cardi B and Offset Welcome a Baby Girl," 11 July 2018 Nationally, black women terminate pregnancies at far higher rates than other women as well. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Let’s Talk About the Black Abortion Rate," 10 July 2018 The agency estimates that about 700 women in the country die each year of complications related to childbirth or pregnancy. Matthew Ormseth, Courant Community, "A Simsbury Woman Died From Strep Just Days After Giving Birth. Her Family Has Raised Over $250,000," 10 July 2018 Beyoncé normalized female sexuality, causing teen pregnancy. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Donald Trump is Not Making White People More Racist, He's Making Them Act More Racist," 5 July 2018 Kavanaugh ruled against an immigrant teen in federal custody seeking to immediately terminate her pregnancy. Ann E. Marimow, The Seattle Times, "From Clinton to Trump: How Kavanaugh navigated through some of Washington’s biggest scandals," 9 July 2018 News that Payne and the former Girls Aloud member were expecting their first child was confirmed by PEOPLE in November 2016, with Cheryl officially announcing her pregnancy in February 2017. Lindsay Kimble,, "Liam Payne and Cheryl split after more than two years together," 2 July 2018 There are so many opinions about what pregnancy should be. Tina Chang, The Cut, "What Does Being Pregnant Feel Like? Part VI," 7 June 2018

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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 \
plural pregnancies

Kids Definition of pregnancy

: the state of being pregnant


preg·nan·cy | \ ˈpreg-nən-sē \
plural pregnancies

Medical Definition of pregnancy 

1 : the condition of being pregnant

2 : an instance of being pregnant

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