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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Situations often look pregnant with amorous suggestion. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: At BalletX, a New Work Alive With Suspense and Surrealism," 13 July 2018 XXXTentacion's mother announced last week his girlfriend is pregnant with his child. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "XXXTentacion's Lawyer On His Legacy, Unreleased Music & Future Charity Initiatives," 29 June 2018 Soon after, Iana Kasian was pregnant with the couple’s child. Marisa Gerber,, "Graphic novelist sentenced to life in prison for 2016 torture and murder of his fiancee," 26 June 2018 Ms Collett compares it to the muggy period before a thunderstorm, when the squirrels have scarpered and the air is pregnant with foreboding of trouble ahead. The Economist, "Europe’s passport-free zone faces a grim future," 21 June 2018 Dana Mincer, a medical resident at Lower Bucks Hospital who is now pregnant with her second child, doesn’t have that option. Sarah Gantz,, "A bundle of joy, a pile of bills: Childbirth can cost thousands in out-of-pocket expenses," 13 June 2018 At that time, Hayley was pregnant with the couple's first child. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and His Wife Hayley Stommel Hubbard Were 'Meant to Be'," 5 June 2018 Because of some pictures circulating Twitter, fans have been wondering if Lili Reinhart is pregnant with Cole Sprouse's baby. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "“Riverdale” Star Camila Mendes Defends Lili Reinhart Amidst Cole Sprouse Pregnancy Rumors," 29 May 2018 Golroz was also pregnant with her youngest, Armita, while living in the camp. NBC News, "Refugees called an Olympic venue home while looking for the real thing," 27 May 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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