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procreate

[proh-kree-eyt] /ˈproʊ kriˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), procreated, procreating.
1.
to beget or generate (offspring).
2.
to produce; bring into being.
verb (used without object), procreated, procreating.
3.
to beget offspring.
4.
to produce; bring into being.
Origin of procreate
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin prōcreātus, past participle of prōcreāre to breed. See pro-1, create
Related forms
procreation, noun
procreative, adjective
procreativeness, noun
procreator, noun
nonprocreation, noun
nonprocreative, adjective
unprocreated, adjective
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  • He laughed at people who said that a castrato could not procreate.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • The mother does not procreate the son; she only bears and cherishes the awakened life.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • But in that case it is not necessary to procreate together (excuse my brutality).

  • They must get food somehow, they must sleep and wake, they must procreate.

    Do Unto Others Mark Clifton
  • The impulse to procreate the species is the most powerful expression of the "Will to Live."

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
British Dictionary definitions for procreate

procreate

/ˈprəʊkrɪˌeɪt/
verb
1.
to beget or engender (offspring)
2.
(transitive) to bring into being
Derived Forms
procreant, procreative, adjective
procreation, noun
procreator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōcreāre, from pro-1 + creāre to create
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Word Origin and History for procreate
v.

1530s, a back formation from procreation or else from Latin procreatus, past participle of procreare "to beget, bring forth" (see procreation). Related: Procreated; procreating.

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procreate in Medicine

procreate pro·cre·ate (prō'krē-āt')
v. pro·cre·at·ed, pro·cre·at·ing, pro·cre·ates

  1. To beget and conceive offspring; to reproduce.

  2. To produce or create; originate.


pro'cre·a'tion n.
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