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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Examples of pregnancy in a Sentence

an elephant's pregnancy can last almost a year
Recent Examples on the Web With the 15-week ban just around the corner, staffers have also been busy adding hours and scheduling more women who are at risk of becoming too far along in their pregnancy by July 1. Cindy Krischer Goodman, Sun Sentinel, 24 June 2022 Even during her pregnancy, Priscilla was worried about the legitimacy of rumors that swirled around Elvis's affair with Nancy Sinatra. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 24 June 2022 Ignatenko, who hid her pregnancy to visit her ailing husband in the hospital, gave birth to a daughter, Natasha, whose name was chosen by her father before his death. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 23 June 2022 When initially announcing her pregnancy in an Instagram post back in February, the TV personality said she was done having babies after this one. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 23 June 2022 Mandy Moore is keeping a close eye on her pregnancy while touring her new album. Angela Andaloro,, 21 June 2022 In the clip it is used to screen footage from the video, as well as grainy home videos of Halsey during their pregnancy and a shot of proud mama snuggling with baby Ender Ridley. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 10 June 2022 Pippa Middleton has certainly had her fair share of fashionable moments, and since announcing her pregnancy, her style hasn't wavered a bit. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, 6 June 2022 The Associated Press interviewed three women who had abortions later in their pregnancy. Barbara Ortutay, Chron, 3 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pregnancy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jun 2022

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“Pregnancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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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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