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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Stories from victims across the country have saturated social media as a result of the allegations levied against Kavanuagh. Danielle Campoamor, Marie Claire, "You’re Asking Why I Didn’t Report? Why Don’t You Ask Me Why I Regretted It When I Did?," 24 Sep. 2018 The brightest stars in the image, Beta Gruis and R Doradus, saturated an entire column of camera detector pixels on the satellite’s second and fourth cameras. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "NASA unveils first images from TESS probe's alien planet hunting quest," 18 Sep. 2018 Don't saturate the soil - strawberries dislike wet feet. Kym Pokorny, OregonLive.com, "What you need to know to grow your own Oregon strawberries," 8 May 2018 Marie’s genuine smile saturated the atmosphere as Devon’s words filled the brisk night air. Sean Lester Durham, The Root, "We Head South," 8 Apr. 2018 Per serving: 193 calories (45 percent from fat), 10 grams total fat (1 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 24 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams protein, 35 milligrams sodium, 3 grams dietary fiber. Jill Wendholt Silva, kansascity, "Quinoa kale salad keeps healthful eating resolutions on track," 23 Jan. 2018 Because of ground already saturated with moisture, as well as estuaries swollen from previous rains and flooding, the new precipitation could result in more flooding. baltimoresun.com, "Maryland weather: Flood watch in effect for entire region Sunday," 3 June 2018 Water slowly to saturate the entire pot, soil and all. Nan Sterman, latimes.com, "For SoCal gardeners, a June gloom tipsheet," 31 May 2018 As meth began saturating local streets a few years ago, Neal noticed a shift in drugs found on suspects, which previously had been predominantly heroin, marijuana or cocaine. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Meth, deadlier than ever, could be the 'next phase of drug epidemic'," 3 May 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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