procreate

verb pro·cre·ate \ ˈprō-krē-ˌāt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of procreate

procreated; procreating
transitive verb
: to beget or bring forth (offspring) : propagate
intransitive verb
: to beget or bring forth offspring : reproduce

procreation

play \ˌprō-krē-ˈā-shən\ noun

procreative

play \ˈprō-krē-ˌā-tiv\ adjective

procreator

play \ˈprō-krē-ˌā-tər\ noun

Examples of procreate in a Sentence

  1. Animals have a natural instinct to procreate.

  2. the common perception that our Puritan forebears procreated more out of a sense of duty than from desire

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Origin and Etymology of procreate

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

procreate Synonyms


PROCREATE Defined for English Language Learners

procreate

verb

Definition of procreate for English Language Learners

  • : to produce children or offspring


Medical Dictionary

procreate

verb pro·cre·ate \ ˈprō-krē-ˌāt \

medical Definition of procreate

procreated; procreating
transitive verb
: to beget or bring forth (offspring) : propagate
intransitive verb
: to beget or bring forth offspring : reproduce


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