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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In the early hours of Sunday morning, the West Hartford Fire Department received an unusual call: a pregnant woman was in labor, at her home. Emily Brindley,, "West Hartford firefighters respond to woman in labor, deliver healthy baby," 9 July 2019 Border Patrol agents arrested the pregnant woman on July 4 near Imperial Beach, California, a town on the border with Tijuana, Mexico. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "A pregnant woman miscarried while in Border Patrol custody on July 4," 9 July 2019 Three pregnant women were given ultrasounds before being allowed off the boat. Giada Zampano,, "NGO ship carrying rescued migrants barred from docking in Italy," 5 July 2019 The pregnant woman was taken to the hospital for examination., "Woman dismisses officer giving her speeding ticket: Cleveland Heights Police Blotter," 28 June 2019 Myra, 19, was almost 26 weeks pregnant with twin boys. Anna Claire Vollers |,, "Black, poor and Southern: One of the deadliest demographics for pregnant women in America," 25 June 2019 If these children aren’t counted, programs like WIC would be left with less money to offer supplemental foods for infants and nutrition education for low-income pregnant women. Dallas News, "Census citizenship question could affect amount of federal money Texas receives for critical needs," 25 June 2019 Other detention centers have denied adequate health care to pregnant women. Nylah Burton, Essence, "Black Harvard Students Want The University To Divest From The Prison-Industrial Complex," 20 June 2019 Trixie escaped death and is now pregnant with the hardware store owner’s baby. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "The Outlaw World of Deadwood," 6 June 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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