verb (used without object), ger·mi·nat·ed, ger·mi·nat·ing.
- to develop into a plant or individual, as a seed, spore, or bulb.
- to put forth shoots; sprout; pullulate.
verb (used with object), ger·mi·nat·ed, ger·mi·nat·ing.
Origin of germinate
Examples from the Web for germinate
But without a reasonable expectation that security will materialize, better governance will not germinate.
In order to determine whether the seed will germinate well or not, let the planter begin to test them early in the spring.The Peanut Plant|B. W. Jones
They are very hardy, germinate readily in the seed-bed, are easy to transplant and need but little care.A Woman's Hardy Garden|Helena Rutherfurd Ely
I discovered comfort in the words of St. Paul, and prayed that out of spiritual death the seed of a new life might germinate.Paradise Garden|George Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for germinate
Word Origin for germinate
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.