sat·​u·​rat·​ed | \ˈsa-chə-ˌrā-təd \

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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They’re painted in a saturated hues that were chosen by interior designer Lauren Spear for their calming properties. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Alma, the WeWork of therapy, opens its first stylish care center," 10 Oct. 2018 The shadow colors are also soft but saturated, i.e., flattering for all skin tones. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "Urban Decay's Born to Run Palette Is as Perfect for Summer as It Gets," 6 June 2018 At times, designers also played with colors—the earthy hues of the 1950s eventually giving way to brighter, more saturated colors, as the Space Age and Pop Art came into the picture. Hillary Brown, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Mid-Century Modern Design," 13 Sep. 2018 The change would supposedly help to cut costs in the face of a saturated smartphone market. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Galaxy Note9 hands-on—Samsung ships a bigger battery, not much else," 9 Aug. 2018 The ground is nearly saturated and any location that gets dumped on could experience flooding. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Storms, some with very heavy rain and flooding potential, likely at times through Saturday," 31 May 2018 More will now be filling social media and TV screens in our mad world of media-saturated politics. David Zurawik,, "Kavanaugh's introduction as Supreme Court nominee was slick prime-time TV. That has dangerous implications," 10 July 2018 For this edition, he’ll be joined on stage by local sci-fi author Nalo Hopkinson for a night of storytelling, answering audience questions, and celebrating why reading is still fundamental in busy, complicated, tech-saturated times. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week," 30 Apr. 2018 Recent rains had left the grounds of the Temecula casino’s new 4½ acre pool complex over-saturated, preventing the installation of fresh sod. Michele Parente,, "Is San Diego's casino industry over-saturated?," 3 Mar. 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 \

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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