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saturate

verb sat·u·rate \ ˈsa-chə-ˌrāt \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of saturate

saturated; saturating
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
3 a : 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

saturator

play \ˈsa-chə-ˌrā-tər\ noun

Examples of saturate in a Sentence

  1. Saturate the sponge with water.

  2. Images of the war saturated the news.

  3. Their new products are saturating the market.

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Origin and Etymology of saturate

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

Synonym Discussion of saturate

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

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saturate

adjective sat·u·rate \ ˈsach-rət , ˈsa-chə- \

Definition of saturate

Examples of saturate in a Sentence

  1. the test will only work if the sample cloth is saturate with solution

First Known Use of saturate

1782


SATURATE Defined for English Language Learners

saturate

verb

Definition of saturate for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) very wet

  • : to fill (something) completely with something


SATURATE Defined for Kids

saturate

verb sat·u·rate \ ˈsa-chə-ˌrāt \

Definition of saturate for Students

saturated; saturating
: to soak completely
  • Saturate the sponge with water.

Medical Dictionary

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saturate

transitive verb sat·u·rate \ ˈsach-ə-ˌrāt \

medical Definition of saturate

saturated; saturating
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

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saturate

noun sat·u·rate \ -rət \

medical Definition of saturate

: a saturated chemical compound


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