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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Nutritional analysis from Vitamix per waffle: calories 250, total fat 19g, saturated fat 9g, cholesterol 100mg, sodium 100mg,total carbohydrate 15g, dietary fiber 2g, sugars 2g, protein 7g. Debbi Snook,, "Almond Waffles With Raspberry Sauce from Vitamix (photo, recipes)," 9 May 2018 The fast food giant wants kids' items to have no more than 600 calories, and have no more than 10 percent of those calories come from saturated fat and added sugar. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Want a Coke with that Happy Meal? Louisville restaurants may have to offer water first," 19 Apr. 2018 The work is built around highly saturated color produced by shining intense beams of pure white light through monochrome gels. Christopher Knight,, "Artist Olafur Eliasson built a 'Reality projector' of smashing beauty," 2 Mar. 2018 Moncler 1952 is the most democratic of the bunch, offering up the label’s signature shiny channel-quilted jackets in a rainbow of saturated color. Matt Sebra, GQ, "Moncler's "Genius" New Way to Sell You More Puffer Jackets," 23 Feb. 2018 The unattended soil must contain a perfect blend of acidity; the saturated colors of the voluptuous, pendulous flowers that cluster on the lightweight branches range from faint whitish-blue to deep pink and dusky purple. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Here Is Where the Taxi Driver Set His Wife on Fire" by GKS Waller," 2 June 2018 Another report said my weight isn’t likely to be affected by my intake of saturated fat, which is commonly found in meat. Candice Choi, The Seattle Times, "What my DNA told me: Avoid fast food, eat vegetables," 27 Mar. 2019 Apple, which has always occupied the premium tier of the very saturated handset market, is discounting its iPhone XR by up to $300 with a trade-in of an older iPhone model. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: The one about Netflix’s $100 million ‘Friends’ deal," 5 Dec. 2018 But diets in the higher-risk countries tend to be high in saturated fat, which is known to increase LDL cholesterol. WSJ, "Are Eggs Bad for You? Two Scientists Square Off," 13 Sep. 2018

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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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