preg·​nant | \ˈpreg-nənt \

Definition of pregnant 

1 archaic : cogent

2 : abounding in fancy, wit, or resourcefulness : inventive all this has been said … by great and pregnant artistsThe Times Literary Supplement (London)

3 : rich in significance or implication the pregnant phrases of the Bible— Edmund Wilson a pregnant pause

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

5 : having possibilities of development or consequence : involving important issues : momentous draw inspiration from the heroic achievements of that pregnant age— Kemp Malone

6 obsolete : inclined, disposed your own most pregnant and vouchsafed ear— William Shakespeare

7 : full, teeming

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pregnantly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for pregnant


big, caught, enceinte, expectant, expecting, gone, gravid, heavy, quick [archaic]



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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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Though the water is safe for most people, city officials say young children, pregnant women and other vulnerable populations should avoid it for now. The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Salem water advisory extended after low-level toxins detected," 8 June 2018 His team’s pilot preterm labor testing was only done on pregnant women who were already known to be at high risk of this hazard—either due to prior preterm births or premature contractions, which are two of the most common causes. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "Blood Test Could Predict Premature Birth Risk, Due Date," 7 June 2018 Some oils can be harmful to pregnant women and have the potential to irritate certain medical conditions. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older people, young children, pregnant women, and people with long-term health conditions are at greater risk for flu complications. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The 2019 Flu Season May Be as Deadly as 2018's — Here's How to Prepare Yourself," 3 Oct. 2018 In 2016, Onfroy was arrested numerous times including domestic abuse against his pregnant girlfriend. NBC News, "Police make second arrest in rapper XXXTentacion's murder," 11 July 2018 Robert Green, director of the county’s department of corrections, confirmed that Nkusu was the inmate who was convicted for killing his pregnant girlfriend in 2016. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, "Montgomery County inmate committed suicide Wednesday," 5 July 2018 In 2015, he was arrested for beating up his pregnant girlfriend, holding her head under water, threatening to kill her, taking her phone, and holding her hostage., "The BET Awards Used To Lead; Now They're Falling Behind," 25 June 2018 The troubled rapper’s brief career was marked by legal troubles – including a 2016 arrest for attacking his pregnant girlfriend. Gina Martinez, Time, "Convicted Car Thief Arrested in XXXTentacion Murder Investigation," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of pregnant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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English Language Learners Definition of pregnant

of a woman or female animal : having a baby or babies developing inside the body

: filled with meaning or emotion because of what is going to happen or be said


preg·​nant | \ˈpreg-nənt \

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 \

Medical Definition of pregnant 

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

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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