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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Although the hot and windy conditions could accelerate blazes, authorities said, the state’s wet winter, along with a cool May, has mitigated some of the fire threat by saturating vegetation. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "PG&E shuts down power in some North Bay areas amid red-flag fire warnings," 8 June 2019 Heavy, repeated rains over the past two months have left fields saturated throughout the critical planting period for corn, typically the biggest U.S. crop by acreage. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Farmers on Drenched Land Confront Tough Choice on Planting," 5 June 2019 But some gaming companies have questioned if Illinois is saturating the market, a position voiced by Penn National Gaming Co., which owns Hollywood Casino-Aurora. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora officials OK with Illinois gambling changes," 4 June 2019 The result is gorgeous, and industrial: The felt is thick, with a dot-like pattern, the color of the new fabric saturated yet blended. Bridget Read, Vogue, "In the Future, We’ll All Be Wearing Eileen Fisher," 29 May 2019 Once again, the best way to saturate the affected area is to use a spray bottle. Cate Geiger, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Black Mold Naturally," 23 May 2019 Next, a microfiber cloth is dampened in slightly soapy water to wipe the interior and exterior clean, taking care not to saturate the material. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "Patricia Altschul's Very Specific Guide to Traveling in Style," 18 May 2019 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

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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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