- 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.
Origin of germinate
Examples from the Web for germinate
But without a reasonable expectation that security will materialize, better governance will not germinate.It's All or Nothing in Afghanistan
October 11, 2009
It is the only ground in the world where Ideas can germinate and bloom.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The seed has found its way into some corner of our minds where it can germinate.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
His mind was a selective soil, in which only good seed could germinate.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
Perhaps the wise and puissant of the future were to germinate there.Doctor Pascal
Whether out of or in prison, we are to sow the seed, and some will germinate.The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences
- 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
Word Origin and History for germinate
c.1600, probably a back-formation from germination. Earlier germynen (mid-15c.) was from Latin germinare. Figurative use from 1640s. Related: Germinated; germinating.