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

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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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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Which made her henna ceremony, a Moroccan tradition for pregnant women, all the more special. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Standout Moments From Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Whirlwind Morocco Tour," 25 Feb. 2019 Set in the dystopian future of 2027 where women are now infertile, Theo (Owen) meets a pregnant woman and is forced to try to safely transport her to sanctuary. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Roma Director Alfonso Cuarón? You've Definitely Seen His Incredible Movies," 23 Feb. 2019 Before the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid was largely limited to children, pregnant women and the disabled. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Voter Initiatives, Including Medicaid Expansion, Could Get Harder to Pass," 17 Feb. 2019 Inhaling these particles can lead to lead poisoning, especially in pregnant women and children. 13. Lindsey Campbell, House Beautiful, "19 Dangerous Household Items You Should Quit Using Immediately," 15 Feb. 2019 On a punishing two-day march through the arid Sahel, some pregnant women miscarried and other elderly people died. Haruna Umar, The Seattle Times, "Islamic militants’ deadly resurgence threatens Nigeria polls," 12 Feb. 2019 Meghan is several months pregnant, and would probably love to visit with her mother over the holidays. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why It's Not a Snub that Doria Ragland Didn't Spend Christmas With the Royal Family," 25 Dec. 2018 With more than four years of voyages logged, that first trip sailing across the Atlantic still stands out for Penn and Gilliam, who was five months pregnant at the time. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 Measles may also cause pregnant women to give birth prematurely. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "Washington State Becomes Latest Hot Spot in Measles Outbreak," 23 Jan. 2019

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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
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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