sat·​u·​rate | \ ˈsa-chə-ˌrāt How to pronounce saturate (audio) \
saturated; saturating

Definition of saturate

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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


sat·​u·​rate | \ ˈsach-rət How to pronounce saturate (audio) , ˈsa-chə- \

Definition of saturate (Entry 2 of 2)

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saturator \ ˈsa-​chə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce saturator (audio) \ noun

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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 Technological shifts on social media helped rewrite the rules for popstars and pop fandom, removing walls and saturating the culture from the inside out. Jason Parham, Wired, "The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music," 31 Dec. 2019 The non-alcoholic beer industry is expected to grow to over $25 billion by 2024, and there's also a slew of alcohol-free spirits saturating the market. CBS News, ""Sober curious" Americans are reshaping nightlife: "I actually have more fun without alcohol"," 18 Dec. 2019 This anti-Japanese sentiment saturated the community until the late 1960s, with biracial Japanese and Chamorro locals changing their surnames to hide Japanese heritage. National Geographic, "In WWII, the Japanese invaded Guam. Now they’re welcomed as tourists.," 13 Dec. 2019 The market was saturated, incomes were rising, and consumer tastes began to shift toward phones with better brand recognition. Alexandria Williams, Quartz Africa, "China is making more of Africa’s phones than you think," 12 Dec. 2019 The origins of paper are in recycling, when people in China mixed leftover scraps of rags with hemp fiber and tree bark, saturated it with water, ground it up, and pressed it into sheets. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Stone Paper Is Cool. Its Environmental Impact Is Complicated.," 26 Nov. 2019 Ornish goes to argue that protein and saturated fat increase the risk of mortality and chronic disease. Dean Ornish, Scientific American, "Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition Is Wrong. UPDATED: With Dean Ornish's Response," 15 Nov. 2019 The arrangement aimed to placate viewers who still wanted to see the game shows and soap operas that saturated daytime network schedules at the time. Los Angeles Times, "Trump impeachment hearings will be a really big show for TV news," 4 Oct. 2019 Nutrition information per serving: 457 calories; 208 calories from fat; 23 g fat (7 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 121 mg cholesterol; 787 mg sodium; 31 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 32 g protein. America's Test Kitchen,, "Spice your turkey burgers up with some mango chutney," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of saturate


1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saturate


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

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The first known use of saturate was in 1538

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10 Jan 2020

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“Saturate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of saturate

: to make (something) very wet
: to fill (something) completely with something


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.
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


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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