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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Other Words from pregnant

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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An exception to this rule was made when then-Princess Elizabeth was pregnant with her first child, Charles, in 1948. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "What Will Prince Harry's Son Archie's Title Be When Prince Charles Becomes King?," 11 May 2019 Being pregnant can loosen up the muscles and connective tissues such as ligaments that need to work well for good pelvic floor function. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "What to Know About Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Your Pelvic Floor," 10 May 2019 For instance, a woman’s ability to get pregnant gradually declines with age, regardless of contraceptive method used. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "“Natural” birth-control app dogged by unwanted pregnancies gets FDA approval," 15 Aug. 2018 Two months into our relationship, Tom told me that his ex-girlfriend was pregnant. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Star Bridget Moynahan Gets Candid About Co-Parenting With Tom Brady," 6 Apr. 2019 The United Nations Population Fund has appealed for more than $18 million for South Sudan, estimating that 42,000 pregnant women will endure complications during childbirth this year. Sam Mednick, The Seattle Times, "In South Sudan, midwives bring down deaths despite the odds," 13 Apr. 2019 In some cases, pregnant women being held by the regime were made to give birth specifically for this purpose. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The U.S. Is Tracking Migrant Girls' Periods to Stop Them From Getting Abortions," 2 Apr. 2019 In contrast with some of Meghan's custom pieces, mass-market maternity clothes are specifically designed with pregnant women, and their changing bodies, in mind. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Meghan Markle Rarely Wears True Maternity Clothes," 24 Mar. 2019 After months of planning and deadlines in the diary, it’s been reported that Prince Harry and pregnant Meghan Markle have been forced to delay their big move to Frogmore Cottage. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Big Move to Frogmore Cottage Has Been Delayed," 25 Mar. 2019

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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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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


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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