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 procreation (audio) \ noun
procreative \ ˈprō-​krē-​ˌā-​tiv How to pronounce procreative (audio) \ adjective
procreator \ ˈprō-​krē-​ˌā-​tər How to pronounce procreator (audio) \ noun

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 Females eventually absorb the males who lose organs, such as their eyes during the process, until the male becomes a sac with sperm which the female uses at her leisure to procreate. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Anglerfish Continues To Haunt Our Dreams," 30 July 2019 The run ended with a classic Jurassic joke, wondering how Corden ever procreated. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Jeff Goldblum Throws Shade at James Corden Over 'Cats' Character in Fierce 'Drop the Mic' Battle: Watch," 30 July 2019 On the fifth step, a vow to procreate, Balaji glanced back with a coy smile at Nidhi. Abhijith Ravinutala, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Definition(s)," 20 July 2019 The Española pepper would be the first fruiting plant -- a flowering plant that grows a seed pod to procreate -- to be grown at the International Space Station. Sophie Sherry And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "The Española chile pepper will be the first fruiting plant NASA grows in space," 14 July 2019 Movement is one of our 10 life functions — on the same list as eating, sleeping and procreating. Detroit Free Press, "How dancing improves overall health," 1 July 2019 According to the Sussex Wildlife Trust, which alerted the Daily Mail to the drunk-wasp news, the bugs in question are worker wasps, which cannot procreate and only exist to help feed the queen wasps and larvae. Megan Friedman, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Out: Wasps Are Apparently Drunk and Angry This Time of Year," 10 Aug. 2018 Maybe my purpose on this planet isn't to procreate. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Aniston: "Maybe My Purpose on This Planet Isn’t to Procreate"," 1 Aug. 2018 Maybe my purpose on this planet isn’t to procreate. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Aniston Shuts Down the Sexist Reports About Her Divorce Like a Boss," 1 Aug. 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
How to pronounce procreate (audio)

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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