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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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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But if that’s impractical, cover the lamb with a clean cloth that’ saturated in the brine.) Refrigerate the lamb shoulder in the brine overnight or for up to 48 hours. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Is the Best Restaurant in America," 10 May 2019 Just wear rubber gloves when you shampoo; the dye is seriously saturated and will stain your hands a little. Jaime Osnato, SELF, "How I Keep My Temporary Hair Color Fresh to Death," 4 Apr. 2019 For missions such as anti-submarine warfare, dozens of cheaper Orcas could saturate an area better than a single surface ship or perhaps even a manned submarine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy Just Ordered the 'Orca,' an Extra-Large Unmanned Submarine by Boeing," 14 Feb. 2019 Targeting monopolies was a key part of the agriculture policy Warren rolled out this week, which included a handful of proposals aimed at helping family farmers compete in a market increasingly saturated by major corporations. Alexandra Jaffe, The Seattle Times, "Warren, Klobuchar agree on breaking up Big Ag," 1 Apr. 2019 The ground, saturated by weeks of steady rain, appeared to give way under two of the legs that help brace the base of the crane. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Crane collapse: Boil-water advisory lifted," 12 June 2018 Four to 7 inches of rain fell in the 24-hour period ending Wednesday morning, adding to ground saturated by two weeks of rain that totaled 10 to 20 inches in parts of the mountains. Bruce Henderson, Mark Price And Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "Storm 'proving deadly': NC declares state of emergency as rivers hit record-high levels," 30 May 2018 In today’s tumultuous climate — in which our public spaces are saturated with divisive rhetoric and an ominous increase in hate crimes, and in which even our houses of worship are made to feel unsafe — women’s mosques forge a new path. Asma Uddin, Teen Vogue, "On Muslim Women's Day, Women-Only Mosques Are About Much More Than Prayer," 27 Mar. 2019 The loamy soil became over-saturated and the top heavy trees blew over in a windstorm. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "This sure sign of (almost) spring offers drought relief, too," 16 Feb. 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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