procreate

verb
pro·cre·ate | \ˈprō-krē-ˌāt \
procreated; procreating

Definition of procreate 

transitive verb

: to beget or bring forth (offspring) : propagate

intransitive verb

: to beget or bring forth offspring : reproduce

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Other Words from procreate

procreation \ˌprō-krē-ˈā-shən \ noun
procreative \ˈprō-krē-ˌā-tiv \ adjective
procreator \ˈprō-krē-ˌā-tər \ noun

Synonyms for procreate

Synonyms

breed, multiply, propagate, reproduce

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Examples of procreate in a Sentence

Animals have a natural instinct to procreate. the common perception that our Puritan forebears procreated more out of a sense of duty than from desire

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Obviously, the Waterfords were anxiously awaiting their child, as the only job of handmaids is to procreate and give the babies to rich couples. Emily Yahr, chicagotribune.com, "Done watching 'The Handmaid's Tale' after that brutal scene? The episode's writer responds," 20 June 2018 Until humans can travel faster than light, Zhang calculates, passengers on spaceships would have to remain fertile into their 80s to make the trip, set up a colony and then procreate. Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post, "This fertility doctor is pushing the boundaries of human reproduction, with little regulation," 14 May 2018 Do men who don’t procreate receive punishment from the universe? Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "The Art of Parenthood," 13 May 2018 Nobody warned us how difficult this would be, to raise kids and to hold a job, as if once the truth got out there, no one would ever procreate. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "What I want for Mother’s Day? Not having to do it all," 10 May 2018 YouTube user Michael Trout recently posted a 36-second video of two turtles attempting to procreate at the zoo. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "Little Girl Has Adorable Reaction to Two Turtles Mating," 26 Jan. 2015 The female’s short fertility window—under two days each year—may even be an evolutionary adaptation to control population size, precisely because male pandas are so accomplished at procreating. Lucy Cooke, WSJ, "The Un-Cuddly Truth About Pandas," 6 Apr. 2018 Though not explicitly covered in the aforementioned study, the fact that men are predisposed to want to procreate as much as possible might be a part of this. Mallory Schlossberg, Redbook, "Surprise: Men Really Do Fall in Love Faster Than Women," 20 Feb. 2017 Extending the wall, which most species could not surmount, would compromise animals' access to water and food as well as threaten their ability to mate and procreate, according to conservationists. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana judge criticized by Trump for Hispanic heritage sides with president on border wall case," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of procreate

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for procreate

Latin procreatus, past participle of procreare, from pro- forth + creare to create — more at pro-, create

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The first known use of procreate was circa 1525

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procreate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of procreate

: to produce children or offspring

procreate

verb
pro·cre·ate | \ˈprō-krē-ˌāt \
procreated; procreating

Medical Definition of procreate 

transitive verb

: to beget or bring forth (offspring) : propagate

intransitive verb

: to beget or bring forth offspring : reproduce

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