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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The pregnant vampire Halloween party at Meredith’s that I wasn’t invited to? Ann Bauer, Washington Post, "Dear Mona Awad: Your novel ‘Bunny’ is a lot of fun, but I have some quibbles," 13 June 2019 And on Tuesday, the authorities revealed the scope of the kennel’s troubling truth: Nearly 200 unkempt dogs — some of them pregnant and many that appeared visibly sick — were removed from the home on County Route 519. Aaron Randle, New York Times, "188 Sickly Dogs Hoarded by a One-Time Top Breeder at Westminster," 12 June 2019 From the nation’s founding through the early 1800s, pre-quickening abortions – that is, abortions before a pregnant person feels fetal movement – were fairly common and even advertised. Treva B Lindsey, The Conversation, "A concise history of the US abortion debate," 10 June 2019 Though Kardashian carried North and Saint herself, health issues prevented her from becoming pregnant again. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Kim Kardashian Shares Holy Photo Of Psalm West," 10 June 2019 Others are pregnant and days away from their next liter. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "I took a tour of Fair Oaks Farms. Here's what I saw.," 10 June 2019 Heavily pregnant and uncomfortable, she was alerted by the smell of burning and restless animals. Gaia Vince, Quartz, "How to survive in the world’s largest refugee camp," 8 June 2019 For example, the pair stimulated the androgen receptor by dosing pregnant female mice with dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the most common form of testosterone in the body, or gave them estrogen to prod its receptor. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Talk to the hand. Scientists try to debunk idea that finger length can reveal personality and health," 6 June 2019 While crossing, many pregnant turtles are hit and killed by cars. Marisa Peryer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With female turtles on the move, the DNR is asking drivers to help document where they are crossing roads," 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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