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

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These health benefits may result from the fact that vegetarian and vegan diets tend to be rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, soy foods, nuts and seeds, and lower in saturated fat. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Black Bean and Corn Enchilada Casserole: Fiber rich and vegetarian," 7 Sep. 2019 Cooking red meat at high temperatures may also increase cancer risk, and red meats tend to be higher in saturated fats than other protein sources. Jenna Birch, Washington Post, "From fish to bacon, a ranking of meats in order of healthiness," 3 July 2019 Smartphone sales will remain sluggish through this year as U.S.-China trade tensions take their toll on a saturated market. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Smartphone sales remain weak as consumer hold onto devices longer, wait for 5G," 9 Sep. 2019 Lady Gaga, and maybe even Selena Gomez and Hailey Bieber, have all followed in Kylie's footsteps and hopped on the beauty brand train, which can create an over-saturated market. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Millie Bobby Brown Is Launching Her Own Beauty Brand," 20 Aug. 2019 But Resorts World Catskills is far from alone in feeling the pain: All four of the state’s newest casinos have underperformed expectations, swamped by competition in an already-saturated gaming market. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "Why a $1.2 Billion Gambling Mecca Has Fallen on Hard Times," 16 Aug. 2019 The changing plans come as the mobile industry faces some basic challenges, such as the saturated mobile phone market. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Verizon’s Unlimited Plans Are Getting Cheaper. Here’s What You Need to Know," 2 Aug. 2019 In this view, long-term interest rates had to fall simply to clear the saturated global market for savings. The Economist, "The long-term decline in bond yields enters a new phase," 5 June 2019 People are slowly but surely dipping back into the pool of saturated colors. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Rayman Boozer Knows How to Bring Color Into Your Home," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of saturated

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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