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 This Clifford’s roughout suede proved exceptionally beautiful in-person, with a warm, saturated hue and a velvety texture. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 14 Oct. 2021 In the exhibit space, vibrant, saturated yellows pop against the space’s white walls, natural light shining through the windows. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 That’s a big selling point for the event, as the D-FW golf calendar continues to become more and more saturated. Scott Bell, Dallas News, 24 Aug. 2021 The media world is a very saturated ecosystem with hundreds of players. Beni Basel, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 To keep it from feeling childish or veering into Pepto Bismol territory, the designer opted for a less saturated color, a barely blush white, and a sophisticated tonal approach. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 12 July 2021 Areas like the rooftop pool feel as though they were pulled straight from a saturated Slim Aarons photograph, with a dash of L.A.'s signature pink and teal, and in communal areas, there are cheeky touches like gold leopard pillows. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 16 July 2021 Netflix has been seeking ways to keep growing, especially in more saturated markets such as the U.S. Tribune News Service, al, 15 July 2021 The broadest finding was quite expected: males had darker blacks and more saturated colors than the duller females. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2021

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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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19 Oct 2021

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“Saturated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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