pregnant

adjective
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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pregnantly adverb

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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 Castellana’s wife was pregnant with their daughter Caitlin. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, 15 June 2021 Back in 2019, when Markle was still pregnant with Archie, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex discussed baby names at a meeting with school children. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 6 June 2021 Chu, whose wife was pregnant with their second child during the shoot, slipped in some special meanings. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 5 May 2021 Green activist victories against Shell, ExxonMobil, and Chevron are pregnant with unintended consequences. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 3 June 2021 Less than two weeks after their divorce in 1993, Johnson married Wheeler, who was pregnant with their first child. BostonGlobe.com, 31 May 2021 Less than two weeks after their divorce in 1993, Johnson married Wheeler, who was heavily pregnant with their first child. Washington Post, 30 May 2021 Meghan Markle is the mom of two-year-old baby Archie and is currently pregnant with her second child. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 17 May 2021 Kudrow was pregnant with Julian while filming season 4 of Friends, and her pregnancy was written into the show. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 13 May 2021

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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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The first known use of pregnant was in the 14th century

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“Pregnant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pregnant. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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pregnant

adjective

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

pregnant

adjective
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.

pregnant

adjective
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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