fecundate

[ fee-kuh n-deyt, fek-uh n- ]
/ ˈfi kənˌdeɪt, ˈfɛk ən- /

verb (used with object), fe·cun·dat·ed, fe·cun·dat·ing.

to make prolific or fruitful.
Biology. to impregnate or fertilize.

Origin of fecundate

1625–35; < Latin fēcundātus made fruitful, fertilized (past participle of fēcundāre). See fecund, -ate1
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fecundate

/ (ˈfiːkənˌdeɪt, ˈfɛk-) /

verb (tr)

to make fruitful
to fertilize; impregnate
Derived Formsfecundation, nounfecundator, nounfecundatory (fɪˈkʌndətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for fecundate

C17: from Latin fēcundāre to fertilize
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