saturate

verb
sat·​u·​rate | \ ˈsa-chə-ˌrāt How to pronounce saturate (audio) \
saturated; saturating

Definition of saturate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to satisfy fully : satiate
2 : to treat, furnish, or charge with something to the point where no more can be absorbed, dissolved, or retained water saturated with salt
3a : to fill completely with something that permeates or pervades book is saturated with Hollywood— Newgate Callendar
b : to load to capacity
4 : to cause to combine until there is no further tendency to combine

saturate

adjective
sat·​u·​rate | \ ˈsach-rət How to pronounce saturate (audio) , ˈsa-chə-\

Definition of saturate (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from saturate

Verb

saturator \ ˈsa-​chə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce saturator (audio) \ noun

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Verb

soak, saturate, drench, steep, impregnate mean to permeate or be permeated with a liquid. soak implies usually prolonged immersion as for softening or cleansing. soak the garment in soapy water saturate implies a resulting effect of complete absorption until no more liquid can be held. a saturated sponge drench implies a thorough wetting by something that pours down or is poured. clothes drenched by a cloudburst steep suggests either the extraction of an essence (as of tea leaves) by the liquid or the imparting of a quality (such as a color) to the thing immersed. steep the tea for five minutes impregnate implies a thorough interpenetration of one thing by another. a cake strongly impregnated with brandy

Examples of saturate in a Sentence

Verb

Saturate the sponge with water. Images of the war saturated the news. Their new products are saturating the market.

Adjective

the test will only work if the sample cloth is saturate with solution
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However, we are being drenched and saturated with rain. Fox News, "Diamond and Silk ride out the storm in North Carolina," 15 Sep. 2018 Bites of crab salad are loaded with harissa that chases the sweet meat, while charred broccoli is saturated with peanut sauce imbued with a sneaking burn. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "At Fort Willow David Morton and Michael Kornich have built a tree house among the faded factories," 14 Mar. 2018 With her dark lengths pulled back in a wispy topknot, Ju begins by saturating cotton rounds in Chanel’s Démaquillant Yeux Intense eye-makeup remover, holding one pad over each eye for 10 seconds while stubborn pigments melt away. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Watch Model Xiao Wen Ju’s 9-Step Nighttime Skin-Care Routine," 23 Jan. 2019 Promising midrange home-design brands have faced challenges in a market saturated by Ikea, CB2, and West Elm. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Is America ready for Denmark’s coolest design brand?," 1 Nov. 2018 Fast food is saturating every corner of the globe, meaning not just that McDonald’s is more ubiquitous but that cheap, fried starches are the most affordable way for people to feed themselves. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "Heart disease used to be an ailment of the rich. But it’s now striking the world’s poor.," 15 Oct. 2018 In an era saturated by Dadaist humor on every social media platform, where memes become news, this can seem to be a meaningless distinction. Katherine Cross, The Verge, "The Oscar Wilde of YouTube fights the alt-right with decadence and seduction," 24 Aug. 2018 Colorist Kelly O'Leary-Woodford posted a photo to Instagram earlier this week showing her client, Daphne Martin, with dark blue ink saturating a large patch of her nearly white hair. Marci Robin, Allure, "A Bride's Blue Pen Exploded in Her Hair Days Before Her Wedding, and the Photos Are Dramatic," 18 Aug. 2018 For the ultimate color oomph, pick a single area of your makeup look to saturate with a poppy hue. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "How to Make Your Boring LBD Feel New Again," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of saturate

Verb

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saturate

Verb

Latin saturatus, past participle of saturare, from satur well-fed — more at satire

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saturate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of saturate

: to make (something) very wet
: to fill (something) completely with something

saturate

verb
sat·​u·​rate | \ ˈsa-chə-ˌrāt How to pronounce saturate (audio) \
saturated; saturating

Kids Definition of saturate

: to soak completely Saturate the sponge with water.

saturate

transitive verb
sat·​u·​rate | \ ˈsach-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce saturate (audio) \
saturated; saturating

Medical Definition of saturate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to treat, furnish, or charge with something to the point where no more can be absorbed, dissolved, or retained water saturated with salt a bandage saturated with blood
2 : to cause to combine until there is no further tendency to combine

saturate

noun
sat·​u·​rate | \ -rət How to pronounce saturate (audio) \

Medical Definition of saturate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a saturated chemical compound

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