sat·​u·​rat·​ed | \ ˈsa-chə-ˌrā-təd How to pronounce saturated (audio) \

Definition of saturated

1 : full of moisture : made thoroughly wet
2a : being a solution that is unable to absorb or dissolve any more of a solute at a given temperature and pressure
b : being an organic compound having no double or triple bonds between carbon atoms saturated fats
3 of a color : having high saturation : pure

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Examples of saturated in a Sentence

His shirt was saturated with sweat. the area's already saturated freeways
Recent Examples on the Web The color on the HP OMEN 27i Monitor is fantastic -- very sharp, pretty saturated (but not overly so), and a good amount of contrast. Landon Groves,, "HP OMEN 27i review: Is this gaming monitor worth buying as a gift?," 6 Oct. 2020 The trailer is full of saturated shots of the Mediterranean, picnics on rocky beaches, diamonds and candlelight — all the seductive scenes of early courtship in the 1930s. Anne Cohen,, "New Lovers Armie Hammer & Lily James Are Haunted By His Dead First Wife In Netflix’s Rebecca," 8 Sep. 2020 If the air gets even more saturated with the particulate matter in smoke, the Department of Environmental Quality will warn sensitive groups that being outside is dangerous. oregonlive, "Wildfire smoke pours into Portland metro, threatening air quality; state warns worse could come," 8 Sep. 2020 Start with a less saturated hue, then gradually habituate yourself to bolder colors. House Beautiful, "Rayman Boozer Explains How to Nail Any Color Combination in Your Home," 31 Aug. 2020 The market for free, online multiplayer games has exploded, becoming ultra-saturated and tough to make headway in. Shannon Liao, CNN, "These video games could give Fortnite a run for its money," 23 Aug. 2020 The lighting and richly saturated wall colors better suit the drama El Greco delivers. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "El Greco Sizzles in Chicago, in Paris, Not So Much," 15 Aug. 2020 Satin is also especially kind to color, making hues sparkle and shine to their most saturated levels. Willow Lindley, Vogue, "Feels Like a Steal: The Sandal That Changed My Mind About Hot Pink," 7 Aug. 2020 Because of very saturated soils in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias, the Weather Service once again has highlighted the region for a slight risk of flash flooding. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "How a flash flood engulfed Leesburg on Thursday night and the risk for more deluges today in the D.C. area," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of saturated

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of saturated was in 1741

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18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Saturated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce saturated (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of saturated

: completely wet
: completely filled with something


sat·​u·​rat·​ed | \ ˈsach-ə-ˌrāt-əd How to pronounce saturated (audio) \

Medical Definition of saturated

1 : being a solution that is unable to absorb or dissolve any more of a solute at a given temperature and pressure
2 : being an organic compound having no double or triple bonds between carbon atoms

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