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, expectant, expecting, gone, gravid, heavy



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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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The first patient was 39-week pregnant Christina Neal and her husband, Josh. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "Methodist Hospital celebrates its first year in The Woodlands," 7 July 2018 Another possibility is that schooling raises the opportunity cost of getting pregnant, by giving girls more to lose. The Economist, "Universal lessons," 5 July 2018 These populations include children younger than 5, pregnant women, people age 65 and older and people with long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease, as well as those with weakened immune systems. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana resident catches rare form of flu following exposure to pigs at a county fair," 1 July 2018 In the South and Midwest, doctors and possibly pregnant women could be subject to criminal prosecution., "Today: If Roe Vs. Wade Is Overturned," 29 June 2018 Rizzo was the only one of eight females who were artificially inseminated last October to become pregnant. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "New Artificial Insemination Technique Successfully Breeds Critically Endangered Scimitar-Horned Oryx," 10 July 2018 In Hinduism, the country’s predominant religion, gods transform into goddesses and men become pregnant. New York Times, "India’s Supreme Court Considers Decriminalizing Gay Sex," 10 July 2018 For the women who became pregnant during last year’s wave of attacks in Myanmar, to speak the truth is to risk losing everything. Washington Post, "10 months on, the babies of Rohingya rape survivors arrive," 5 July 2018 Even after Joanna became pregnant — potentially ensuring that one of Carobert’s heirs would, in fact, someday wear the Neapolitan crown — Andrew refused to let up. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 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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