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impregnate

[verb im-preg-neyt, im-preg-neyt; adjective im-preg-nit, -neyt]
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verb (used with object), im·preg·nat·ed, im·preg·nat·ing.
  1. to make pregnant; get with child or young.
  2. to fertilize.
  3. to cause to be infused or permeated throughout, as with a substance; saturate: to impregnate a handkerchief with cheap perfume.
  4. to fill interstices with a substance.
  5. to furnish with some actuating or modifying element infused or introduced; imbue, infect; tincture.
adjective
  1. impregnated.

Origin of impregnate

1535–45; < Late Latin impraegnātus past participle of impraegnāre to fertilize, impregnate, equivalent to im- im-1 + praegn- (see pregnant1) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsim·preg·na·tion, nounim·preg·na·tor, nounim·preg·na·to·ry [im-preg-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪmˈprɛg nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivenon·im·preg·nat·ed, adjectivere·im·preg·nate, verb (used with object), re·im·preg·nat·ed, re·im·preg·nat·ing.re·im·preg·na·tion, nounself-im·preg·nat·ed, adjectiveself-im·preg·nat·ing, adjectiveself-im·preg·na·tion, nounself-im·preg·na·tor, nounun·im·preg·nat·ed, adjective

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3. permeate, infuse, penetrate.
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Examples from the Web for impregnate

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Historical Examples

  • It is only necessary that one should meet the female egg in order to impregnate it.

  • Nor is it necessary to impregnate the beer-wort with yeast to provoke fermentation.

  • He had sought to impregnate his colleagues with the same loftiness of principle—he had failed.

    Rienzi

    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • There is no identity of matter between me as I now am, and me as an impregnate ovum.

  • But he knows that she will impregnate him as well, give him power from her strength.

    mile Verhaeren

    Stefan Zweig


British Dictionary definitions for impregnate

impregnate

verb (ˈɪmprɛɡˌneɪt) (tr)
  1. to saturate, soak, or infuseto impregnate a cloth with detergent
  2. to imbue or permeate; pervade
  3. to cause to conceive; make pregnant
  4. to fertilize (an ovum)
  5. to make (land, soil, etc) fruitful
adjective (ɪmˈprɛɡnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
  1. pregnant or fertilized
Derived Formsimpregnation, nounimpregnator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin impraegnāre to make pregnant, from Latin im- in- ² + praegnans pregnant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for impregnate

v.

c.1600, from Late Latin impraegnatus "pregnant," past participle of impraegnare "to render pregnant," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + praegnare "make pregnant" (see pregnant). Earlier in same sense was impregn (1530s).

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impregnate in Medicine

impregnate

(ĭm-prĕgnāt)
v.
  1. To make pregnant; to cause to conceive; inseminate.
  2. To fertilize an ovum.
  3. To fill throughout; saturate.
Related formsim′preg•nation n.im•pregna′tor n.
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