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germinate

[ jur-muh-neyt ]
/ 藞d蕭蓽r m蓹藢ne瑟t /
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verb (used without object), ger路mi路nat路ed, ger路mi路nat路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路mi路nat路ed, ger路mi路nat路ing.
to cause to develop; produce.
to cause to come into existence; create.
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Origin of germinate

1600鈥10; <Latin germin膩tus (past participle of germin膩re to sprout, bud), equivalent to germin- (see germinal) + -膩tus-ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for germinate

germinate
/ (藞d蕭蓽藧m瑟藢ne瑟t) /

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 forms of germinate

germinable or germinative, adjectivegermination, noungerminator, noun

Word Origin for germinate

C17: from Latin germin膩re to sprout; see germ
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