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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Verb

saturator \ ˈsa-​chə-​ˌrā-​tər \ 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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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 Looking for a palate cleanser after all those wholesome Christmas movies saturating every TV channel? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 18 Dec. 2018 Per serving: 295 calories (percent calories from fat, 35), 38 grams protein, 9 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 11 grams fat (1.6 grams saturated fat), 80 milligrams cholesterol, 420 milligrams sodium. Susan Nicholson, ajc, "Seven Day Menu Planner," 24 Apr. 2018 Per serving: 340 calories, 23 grams fat, 12 grams saturated fat, 360 mg sodium, 31 grams carbohydrates, 8 grams fiber, 7 grams sugar, 13 grams protein. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "Build a better (for you) grilled cheese with gluten-free, vegan recipe, too," 10 Apr. 2018 Most every space is filled to help create a room that's saturated in color and pattern, feels cozy and inviting, and contains plenty of items that have some sort of value to you and tell a story. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Bohemian Design," 19 Oct. 2018 The center says that rain could cause life-threatening flash floods because the ground is already saturated with water. Fox News, "The Latest: Olivia now a tropical depression, rain continues," 13 Sep. 2018 Black women were at the forefront of activism to remove Sims’ statue from the Park; Black Youth Project 100 staged a protest last August, where a group of women rallied in front of Sims’ statue, their gowns saturated with blood-red paint. Samantha Willis, Glamour, "It's Not Just Confederate Monuments—all Statues of Problematic Men Must Go," 12 Aug. 2018 Although Michael will produce heavy rain showers, the storm's accelerating forward movement should allow those downpours to move through and not over-saturate most areas. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Michael is now a major hurricane, and it may get a bit stronger," 9 Oct. 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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