saturated

adjective

sat·​u·​rat·​ed ˈsa-chə-ˌrā-təd How to pronounce saturated (audio)
1
: full of moisture : made thoroughly wet
2
a
: 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

Example Sentences

His shirt was saturated with sweat. the area's already saturated freeways
Recent Examples on the Web This means local flooding on roadways will continue in some of the most saturated hillsides and valleys through early next week. Gerry Díaz, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Jan. 2023 This could lead to downed trees and power lines staked in now-extremely saturated soils. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 14 Jan. 2023 The ground is already so saturated that any rain can cause immediate flooding. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, 4 Jan. 2023 Females should consume a lot of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, as well as fewer saturated and harmful fats. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 25 Dec. 2022 In a highly saturated, low-margin market where most ultra-fast delivery companies have yet to break even, analysts have long said consolidation offers a path to profitability. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 9 Dec. 2022 Given soil that is relatively saturated and frozen, there’s a lot of ponding and runoff out there. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2022 Deeper and more saturated shades of blue and yellow as well as ruddier shades of pink help contrast, too. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 16 Dec. 2022 For a more saturated approach, perhaps try sage’s close cousin: Wasabi. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, 15 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of saturated was in 1741

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Cite this Entry

“Saturated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saturated. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

saturated

adjective
sat·​u·​rat·​ed
ˈsach-ə-ˌrāt-əd
1
: full of moisture
2
a
: being a mixture that is unable to absorb or dissolve any more of a substance at a given temperature and pressure
b
: being a carbon compound having no double or triple bonds between carbon atoms
saturated fats

Medical Definition

saturated

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