pregnant

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adjective 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 artists
  • The 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

pregnantly

adverb

Examples of pregnant in a Sentence

  1. She got pregnant soon after her marriage.

  2. There was a pregnant pause before the winner was announced.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

pregnant Synonyms

Synonyms
big, caught, enceinte, expectant, expecting, gone, gravid, heavy, quick [archaic], with child, with young
Antonyms
nonpregnant
Related Words
parturient, prenatal; childbearing, gestational; brooding; conceiving, impregnated
Near Antonyms
barren, infertile; aborting, miscarrying; delivered

PREGNANT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of pregnant for English Language Learners

  • 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


PREGNANT Defined for Kids

pregnant

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adjective preg·nant \ ˈpreg-nənt \

Definition of pregnant for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

pregnant

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adjective 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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