germinate

[ jur-muh-neyt ]
/ ˈdʒɜr məˌneɪt /

verb (used without object), ger·mi·nat·ed, ger·mi·nat·ing.

to begin to grow or develop.
Botany.
  1. to develop into a plant or individual, as a seed, spore, or bulb.
  2. to put forth shoots; sprout; pullulate.
to come into existence; begin.

verb (used with object), ger·mi·nat·ed, ger·mi·nat·ing.

to cause to develop; produce.
to cause to come into existence; create.

Nearby words

  1. germinal membrane,
  2. germinal pole,
  3. germinal vesicle,
  4. germinally,
  5. germinant,
  6. germination,
  7. germinative,
  8. germinative layer,
  9. germinoma,
  10. germiston

Origin of germinate

1600–10; < Latin germinātus (past participle of germināre to sprout, bud), equivalent to germin- (see germinal) + -ātus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for germinate

germinate

/ (ˈdʒɜːmɪˌneɪt) /

verb

to cause (seeds or spores) to sprout or (of seeds or spores) to sprout or form new tissue following increased metabolism
to grow or cause to grow; develop
to come or bring into existence; originatethe idea germinated with me
Derived Formsgerminable or germinative, adjectivegermination, noungerminator, noun

Word Origin for germinate

C17: from Latin germināre to sprout; see germ

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Word Origin and History for germinate

germinate

v.

c.1600, probably a back-formation from germination. Earlier germynen (mid-15c.) was from Latin germinare. Figurative use from 1640s. Related: Germinated; germinating.

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