saturate

verb
sat·u·rate | \ ˈsa-chə-ˌrāt \
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 , ˈsa-chə- \

Definition of saturate (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other words from saturate

Verb

saturator \ˈsa-chə-ˌrā-tər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for saturate

Synonyms: Verb

drench, drown, impregnate, macerate, soak, sop, souse, steep

Synonyms: Adjective

awash, bathed, bedraggled, doused (also dowsed), drenched, dripping, logged, saturated, soaked, soaking, sodden, soggy, sopping, soppy, soused, washed, water-soaked, watered, waterlogged, watery, wet

Antonyms: Verb

wring (out)

Antonyms: Adjective

arid, dry, unwatered, waterless

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Per serving: 219 calories, 1g carbohydrate, 25.5g protein, 13.5g fat (2g saturated), 270mg sodium. ***** Use any red or pink seasonal fruit to make your perfect summer mix. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep it simple and seasonal in the kitchen during summer," 7 June 2018 The persistent rain had ended, but officials warned of sudden thunderstorms as well as more landslides on steep mountainsides saturated over the weekend. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 9, 2018," 9 July 2018 Nutrition information per serving: 240 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 28 g carbohydrates, 21 g sugar, 1 g protein, 11 mg sodium, 1 g fiber MORE COVERAGE Cooking steak indoors? Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Pack up a picnic of Spanish tapas to feed a crowd," 3 July 2018 Casual restaurant chains expanded too quickly during the housing boom, saturating the market. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Come Back for Seconds at Olive Garden Parent," 21 June 2018 Nutrition | Per serving: 283 calories (13 percent from fat), 4.2 g fat (0.5 g saturated, 0.7 g monounsaturated), 2 mg cholesterol, 16.8 g protein, 47.0 g carbohydrates, 12.1 g fiber, 81 mg sodium. Linda Gassenheimer, sacbee, "Making a chicken mango salad? Soon you will get the tang of it," 10 July 2018 Nutrition | Per serving: 565 calories (25 percent from fat), 16 g fat (2.4 g saturated, 6.8 g monounsaturated), 20 mg cholesterol, 23.5 g protein, 77.3 g carbohydrates, 5.6 g fiber, 489 mg sodium. Linda Gassenheimer, charlotteobserver, "Clams and spaghettini make an easy dinner for 2," 6 July 2018 The news media is saturated with stories of immigrant families being separated at the border. The Christian Science Monitor, "Federal judge orders for separated families to be reunited within 30 days," 27 June 2018 The news media is saturated with stories of immigrant families being separated at the border. Elliot Spagat, BostonGlobe.com, "Federal judge rules separated families must be reunited in 30 days," 27 June 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 \
saturated; saturating

Kids Definition of saturate

: to soak completely Saturate the sponge with water.

saturate

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

Medical Definition of saturate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a saturated chemical compound

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