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

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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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 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

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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

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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