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impregnate

[ verb im-preg-neyt, im-preg-neyt; adjective im-preg-nit, -neyt ]
/ verb ɪmˈprɛg neɪt, ˈɪm prɛgˌneɪt; adjective ɪmˈprɛg nɪt, -neɪt /
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verb (used with object), im·preg·nat·ed, im·preg·nat·ing.

to make pregnant; get with child or young.
to cause to be infused or permeated throughout, as with a substance; saturate: to impregnate a handkerchief with cheap perfume.
to fill interstices with a substance.
to furnish with some actuating or modifying element infused or introduced; imbue; infect; tincture.

adjective

impregnated.

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Origin of impregnate

First recorded in 1535–45; from Late Latin impraegnātus, past participle of impraegnāre “to fertilize, impregnate,” equivalent to im- variant of prefix in- “in” + praegn-, stem of praegnās “pregnant, with child” + -ātus past participle suffix; see origin at im-1, pregnant1,-ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for impregnate

impregnate

verb (ˈɪmprɛɡˌneɪt) (tr)

to saturate, soak, or infuseto impregnate a cloth with detergent
to imbue or permeate; pervade
to cause to conceive; make pregnant
to fertilize (an ovum)
to make (land, soil, etc) fruitful

adjective (ɪmˈprɛɡnɪt, -ˌneɪt)

pregnant or fertilized

Derived forms of impregnate

impregnation, nounimpregnator, noun

Word Origin for impregnate

C17: from Late Latin impraegnāre to make pregnant, from Latin im- in- ² + praegnans pregnant
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Medical definitions for impregnate

impregnate
[ ĭm-prĕgnāt ]

v.

To make pregnant; to cause to conceive; inseminate.
To fertilize an ovum.
To fill throughout; saturate.

Other words from impregnate

im′preg•nation n.im•pregna′tor n.
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