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Definition of pregnant

1 : containing a developing embryo, fetus, or unborn offspring within the body : gravid
3 : rich in significance or implication the pregnant phrases of the Bible— Edmund Wilson a pregnant pause
4 : having possibilities of development or consequence : involving important issues : momentous draw inspiration from the heroic achievements of that pregnant age— Kemp Malone
5 : abounding in fancy, wit, or resourcefulness : inventive all this has been said … by great and pregnant artistsThe Times Literary Supplement (London)
6 archaic : cogent
7 obsolete : inclined, disposed your own most pregnant and vouchsafed ear— William Shakespeare

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Examples of pregnant in a Sentence

She got pregnant soon after her marriage. There was a pregnant pause before the winner was announced.
Recent Examples on the Web The agency, however, did not find that pregnant women have a greater risk of death from COVID-19. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "CDC expands list of people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19," 26 June 2020 There was no higher risk for death among the pregnant women. Anchorage Daily News, "CDC chief says coronavirus cases may be 10 times higher than reported," 26 June 2020 People with moderate to severe asthma might also be at higher risk, as may pregnant women, the CDC said. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Millions of people may have had coronavirus in the past without knowing it, CDC says," 26 June 2020 Researchers recorded data from 8,207 pregnant women and 83,205 nonpregnant women. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Pregnant women with coronavirus more likely to be hospitalized, CDC says," 25 June 2020 The report also cited racial disparities among pregnant women infected with the virus. Fox News, "Pregnant women with coronavirus more likely to be hospitalized, CDC warns," 25 June 2020 Studies of how the disease impacts pregnant women and ethnic minorities are also in the works. Peter Fimrite,, "Gilead to study inhalable form of remdisivir — a possible COVID-19 breakthrough," 22 June 2020 Petersen pleaded guilty in a Utah Court to three counts of transporting pregnant women from the Marshall Islands for a commercial purpose. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "Paul Petersen admits to human smuggling in Utah as part of international adoption scheme," 19 June 2020 During the 1918 pandemic, pregnant women were at particularly high risk. Eva Kassens-noor, The Conversation, "5 ways the world is better off dealing with a pandemic now than in 1918," 19 June 2020

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First Known Use of pregnant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6

History and Etymology for pregnant

Middle English, from Latin praegnant-, praegnans carrying a fetus, alteration of praegnas, from prae- pre- + -gnas (akin to gignere to give birth to) — more at kin

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“Pregnant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pregnant

of a woman or female animal : having a baby or babies developing inside the body
formal : filled with meaning or emotion because of what is going to happen or be said


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Kids Definition of pregnant

1 : carrying one or more unborn offspring in the body
2 : full of meaning There was a pregnant pause before the announcement.


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Medical Definition of pregnant

: containing a developing embryo, fetus, or unborn offspring within the body : gestating, gravid

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