preg·​nant | \ ˈpreg-nənt How to pronounce pregnant (audio) \

Definition of pregnant

1 : containing a developing embryo, fetus, or unborn offspring within the body : gravid
2 : full, teeming
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.
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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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preg·​nant | \ ˈpreg-nənt How to pronounce pregnant (audio) \

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.


preg·​nant | \ ˈpreg-nənt How to pronounce pregnant (audio) \

Medical Definition of pregnant

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

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