sat·​u·​rate | \ ˈsa-chə-ˌrāt How to pronounce saturate (audio) \
saturated; saturating

Definition of saturate

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transitive verb

1 : to satisfy fully : satiate
2 : to treat, furnish, or charge with something to the point where no more can be absorbed, dissolved, or retained water saturated with salt
3a : to fill completely with something that permeates or pervades book is saturated with Hollywood— Newgate Callendar
b : to load to capacity
4 : to cause to combine until there is no further tendency to combine


sat·​u·​rate | \ ˈsach-rət How to pronounce saturate (audio) , ˈsa-chə-\

Definition of saturate (Entry 2 of 2)

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saturator \ ˈsa-​chə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce saturator (audio) \ noun

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soak, saturate, drench, steep, impregnate mean to permeate or be permeated with a liquid. soak implies usually prolonged immersion as for softening or cleansing. soak the garment in soapy water saturate implies a resulting effect of complete absorption until no more liquid can be held. a saturated sponge drench implies a thorough wetting by something that pours down or is poured. clothes drenched by a cloudburst steep suggests either the extraction of an essence (as of tea leaves) by the liquid or the imparting of a quality (such as a color) to the thing immersed. steep the tea for five minutes impregnate implies a thorough interpenetration of one thing by another. a cake strongly impregnated with brandy

Examples of saturate in a Sentence

Verb Saturate the sponge with water. Images of the war saturated the news. Their new products are saturating the market. Adjective the test will only work if the sample cloth is saturate with solution
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An e-cigarette is a device that houses wicks saturated with liquid propylene glycol and glycerine—carrier liquids that contain nicotine and flavorants in different concentrations. Jenni Avins, Quartz, "How to make sense of the vaping crisis," 9 Oct. 2019 These days, our Pinterest and Instagram feeds seem to be saturated with that fashionable kitchen dust trap: open shelving. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Not So Fast Open Shelves—Upper Cabinets Are Here To Stay," 22 Sep. 2019 Some industry analysts say the New England market is saturated, with casinos in Rhode Island, the Boston area, New York City, Yonkers, N.Y. and upstate New York. Stephen Singer,, "Mohegan Sun owner becomes first Native American tribe in Las Vegas, operating gambling at casino set to open in 2020," 17 Sep. 2019 Nutrition information per serving: 557 calories; 337 calories from fat; 37 g fat (9 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 116 mg cholesterol; 231 mg sodium; 8 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 46 g protein. Katie Workman, Detroit Free Press, "Recipe: Rich, beautiful salmon complemented by citrus," 31 Mar. 2018 And the gel is saturated with stem cells to help seed actual cell growth. Scientific American, "Test Pilot Geese, Planetary Wrecking Balls and Super AI Vision: The Week’s Best Science GIFs," 6 Sep. 2019 Social platforms are also saturated with wild animal selfies. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Why people risk their lives for the ultimate animal selfie," 12 Mar. 2019 Nutrition | Per serving: 141 calories (33 percent from fat), 5.2 g fat (0.5 g saturated, 3 g monounsaturated), no cholesterol, 3.3 g protein, 23.7 g carbohydrates, 3.6 g fiber, 14 mg sodium. Linda Gassenheimer, miamiherald, "These tasty enchiladas take only 5 minutes in the microwave | Miami Herald," 19 Feb. 2018 As India’s music-streaming space gets saturated with local and international players such as Gaana, YouTube Music, and JioSaavn, a lite app could help Spotify onboard more users. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Spotify takes the Lite route to navigate India’s patchy internet," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of saturate


1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saturate


Latin saturatus, past participle of saturare, from satur well-fed — more at satire

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The first known use of saturate was in 1538

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14 Nov 2019

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“Saturate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of saturate

: to make (something) very wet
: to fill (something) completely with something


sat·​u·​rate | \ ˈsa-chə-ˌrāt How to pronounce saturate (audio) \
saturated; saturating

Kids Definition of saturate

: to soak completely Saturate the sponge with water.
sat·​u·​rate | \ ˈsach-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce saturate (audio) \
saturated; saturating

Medical Definition of saturate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to treat, furnish, or charge with something to the point where no more can be absorbed, dissolved, or retained water saturated with salt a bandage saturated with blood
2 : to cause to combine until there is no further tendency to combine


sat·​u·​rate | \ -rət How to pronounce saturate (audio) \

Medical Definition of saturate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a saturated chemical compound

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