to begin to grow or develop.
to develop into a plant or individual, as a seed, spore, or bulb.
to put forth shoots; sprout; pullulate.
to come into existence; begin.
to cause to develop; produce.
to cause to come into existence; create.
- ger·mi·na·ble [jur-muh-nuh-buhl], /ˈdʒɜr mə nə bəl/, adjective
- ger·mi·na·tion, noun
- ger·mi·na·tor, noun
- non·ger·mi·nat·ing, adjective
- non·ger·mi·na·tion, noun
- re·ger·mi·nate, verb, re·ger·mi·nat·ed, re·ger·mi·nat·ing.
- re·ger·mi·na·tion, noun
- un·ger·mi·nat·ed, adjective
- un·ger·mi·nat·ing, adjective
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How to use germinate in a sentence
Most are edible and germinate in the conventional way, starting life as a seedling and growing upward.
They’ll germinate in roughly two weeks, with the first harvest six weeks later.Grow your own indoor garden with this deal on a hydroponic system | Quinn Gawronski | July 9, 2021 | Popular-Science
One of those seeds gets carried across an ocean to a new, unvegetated continent where it germinates and becomes the founder species for plant life.A Wrinkle in Nature Could Lead to Alien Life - Issue 99: Universality | Caleb Scharf | April 21, 2021 | Nautilus
Oreskes describes how major science advances germinated and weaves those accounts with deeply researched stories of backstabbing colleagues, attempted coups at oceanographic institutions and daring deep-sea adventures.A new book explores how military funding shaped the science of oceanography | Alka Tripathy-Lang | April 16, 2021 | Science News
The post-Harden Rockets exist as a shell-encased seed, hurt by injury but ready to germinate.The Post-Harden Rockets Have A Different Style — And Lots Of Possibilities | Louis Zatzman | February 19, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
Texas may be a testing ground, but it is in Silicon Valley that ideas germinate and incubate.
But without a reasonable expectation that security will materialize, better governance will not germinate.
That sent to Sind, though said to have been carefully sown, also failed to germinate.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
More thinking, and a greater experience of life, may cause him to germinate agreeably in a few years.Our Churches and Chapels | Atticus
Does anyone know for sure how to get pawpaw seed to germinate?
This is a seed of such force and vitality, that it does not ask our leave to germinate.A Plea for Captain John Brown | Henry David Thoreau
The spores of a heartwood-inhabiting fungus cannot germinate and thrive unless they fall upon the heartwood of the tree.Our National Forests | Richard H. Douai Boerker
British Dictionary definitions for germinate
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; originate: the idea germinated with me
- germinable or germinative, adjective
- germination, noun
- germinator, noun
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