saturate

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

Definition of saturate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

saturate

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

Definition of saturate (Entry 2 of 2)

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Verb

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

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Verb

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 Its presence doesn’t saturate the menu, but cheese certainly shows up in its many guises. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021 Always water long enough to saturate the plant’s deep roots. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2021 Rather than protecting the drones with jammers, stealth or other defensive aids, the plan is simply to saturate the defenses with drones, eventually exhausting the enemy’s supply of missiles. David Hambling, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 The biggest strategic question was how deeply Tóibín would saturate himself in the dense intellectual world of Mann, whose novels are suffused with the ideas of such thinkers as Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 As Cox herself notes, monuments are only one piece of a much larger range of public Confederate markers—school, park, and street names; U.S. military bases; state holidays—that saturate the Southern, indeed national, landscape. Eric Herschthal, The New Republic, 9 Aug. 2021 No two gardens are the same, so do this: Run the water long enough to saturate the soil. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2021 Similarities include large burn scars in the area and already saturate soils from previous flood events earlier this month. Haley Brink And Hannah Gard, CNN, 24 July 2021 Trauma and wound saturate his sentences, and his memory fails him in places. New York Times, 22 July 2021

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First Known Use of saturate

Verb

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saturate

Verb

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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“Saturate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saturate. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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saturate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of saturate

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

saturate

verb
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.

saturate

transitive verb
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

saturate

noun
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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