[verb im-preg-neyt, im-preg-neyt; adjective im-preg-nit, -neyt]
- to make pregnant; get with child or young.
- to fertilize.
- to cause to be infused or permeated throughout, as with a substance; saturate: to impregnate a handkerchief with cheap perfume.
- to fill interstices with a substance.
- to furnish with some actuating or modifying element infused or introduced; imbue, infect; tincture.
Origin of impregnate
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3. permeate, infuse, penetrate.
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Examples from the Web for impregnate
Birenbaum-Carmeli also points to technology that means even a near-sterile man can now be assisted to impregnate his wife.Israel’s Sperm Clinic Crisis
March 16, 2014
Sex addiction is simply a new name for the old evolutionary concept—the innate urge to impregnate as many females as possible.Every Man Is a Sex Addict
T. Byram Karasu
February 24, 2010
It is only necessary that one should meet the female egg in order to impregnate it.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)
W. Grant Hague
Nor is it necessary to impregnate the beer-wort with yeast to provoke fermentation.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
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.The Note-Books of Samuel Butler
But he knows that she will impregnate him as well, give him power from her strength.mile Verhaeren
- to saturate, soak, or infuseto impregnate a cloth with detergent
- to imbue or permeate; pervade
- to cause to conceive; make pregnant
- to fertilize (an ovum)
- to make (land, soil, etc) fruitful
- pregnant or fertilized
C17: from Late Latin impraegnāre to make pregnant, from Latin im- in- ² + praegnans pregnant
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Word Origin and History for impregnate
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To make pregnant; to cause to conceive; inseminate.
- To fertilize an ovum.
- To fill throughout; saturate.
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