[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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On Tuesday night, the Thai military raided the IVF clinic where Chanbua was impregnated with Gammy and his twin.The Wild, Wild West of Thai Surrogacy
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At age 17, Schaeffer impregnated a young woman visiting the community.Frank Schaeffer, the Atheist Who Believes in God
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The mystery of Mary visited by the Angel Gabriel, and told that she would be impregnated by none other than the Spirit of God.The True Gifts of Christmas Are Life, Love, and the Mystery of God
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Impregnated by power divine, the soil was prolific in other fruits than these.Imogen
"And that I have—" The sugar was now impregnated with coffee, and he bent forward to swallow it.Where Angels Fear to Tread
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His own estimate of his plight was impregnated with despair.England and Germany
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The odor of stables was impregnated with the scent of winter flowers and sachets.Sacrifice
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This is principally due to the saltpetre with which it is impregnated.
- 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 impregnated
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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