procreate

verb
pro·​cre·​ate | \ ˈprō-krē-ˌāt How to pronounce procreate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce procreate (audio) \ noun
procreative \ ˈprō-​krē-​ˌā-​tiv How to pronounce procreate (audio) \ adjective
procreator \ ˈprō-​krē-​ˌā-​tər How to pronounce procreate (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Cinderella existed in an alternate universe where Brandy could be a princess, and Victor Garber and Whoopi Goldberg could procreate to make a Filipino Prince Charming (Paolo Montalban). Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "A Double Hot Take On Bridgerton, Race & Romance," 29 Dec. 2020 In the tech sector, in particular, a long-running war for highly skilled talent has led to a kind of arms race of rich benefits for those who procreate or adopt. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Can companies help working parents without alienating everyone else?," 29 Dec. 2020 An endangered bird species can’t procreate without a particular type of tree hole, so scientists are trying to build it artificial ones. Yao-hua Law, The Atlantic, "Helmeted Hornbills Are Very Picky About Their Nests," 16 Dec. 2020 According to a report by the Guttmacher Institute, the law was put in place in 1975 to ensure that the white population in South Africa would continue to procreate amid fears that the black population was growing too quickly. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "Abortion is legal in Namibia, but only if a woman is in danger or has been sexually abused. Activists are demanding reform," 26 Nov. 2020 If there is less of a risk, then the drive to procreate seems less pressing. oregonlive, "Squirrel feeding irks neighbor. Are there better ways? Ask an expert," 17 Oct. 2020 If both sexes carried the bacteria, the mosquitoes would successfully procreate, thwarting the program’s goal of reducing the local mosquito population. Jon Emont, WSJ, "How to Fight the Deadly Dengue Virus? Make Your Own Mosquitoes.," 6 Sep. 2020 Current trends point to even more cases of EEEV in the coming years as conditions become optimal for mosquitoes to procreate, feed, and spread. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Is Making Mosquito-Borne Diseases Deadlier," 12 June 2020 If cars could procreate, and the Ford Mustang Bullitt and high-performance Shelby variants got together and threw on a little Marvin Gaye, the result would be the new Mach 1 Mustang. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Ford Mustang Mach 1 Is Back for 2021 with 480 HP, Aggressive Aero," 16 June 2020

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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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11 Jan 2021

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“Procreate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/procreate. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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procreate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of procreate

formal : to produce children or offspring

procreate

verb
pro·​cre·​ate | \ ˈprō-krē-ˌāt How to pronounce procreate (audio) \
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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