- to cause (a substance) to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance, through solution, chemical combination, or the like.
- to charge to the utmost, as with magnetism.
- to soak, impregnate, or imbue thoroughly or completely: to saturate a sponge with water; a town saturated with charm.
- to destroy (a target) completely with bombs and missiles.
- to send so many planes over (a target area) that the defensive electronic tracking equipment becomes ineffective.
- to furnish (a market) with goods to its full purchasing capacity.
- to become saturated.
- a saturated fat or fatty acid.
Origin of saturate
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- to fill, soak, or imbue totally
- to make (a chemical compound, vapour, solution, magnetic material, etc) saturated or (of a compound, vapour, etc) to become saturated
- (tr) military to bomb or shell heavily
- a less common word for saturated
Word Origin and History for oversaturate
1530s, "to satisfy, satiate," from Latin saturatus, past participle of saturare "to fill full, sate, drench," from satur "sated, full," from PIE root *sa- "to satisfy" (see sad). Meaning "soak thoroughly" first recorded 1756. Marketing sense first recorded 1958. Related: Saturated; saturating.
- To imbue or impregnate thoroughly.
- To soak, fill, or load to capacity.
- To cause a substance to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance.
- To satisfy all the chemical affinities of a substance; neutralize.
- To dissolve a substance up to that concentration beyond which the addition of more results in a second phase.