- to make pregnant; get with child or young.
- to fertilize.
- 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.
Origin of impregnate
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Related Words for impregnatedrench, permeate, suffuse, fertilize, saturate, inseminate, procreate, souse, soak, fecundate, transfuse, implant, reproduce, inoculate, charge, produce, seethe, percolate, leaven, pervade
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Contemporary Examples of impregnate
Birenbaum-Carmeli also points to technology that means even a near-sterile man can now be assisted to impregnate his wife.Israel’s Sperm Clinic Crisis
March 16, 2014
Sex addiction is simply a new name for the old evolutionary concept—the innate urge to impregnate as many females as possible.Every Man Is a Sex Addict
T. Byram Karasu
February 24, 2010
Historical Examples of impregnate
It is only necessary that one should meet the female egg in order to impregnate it.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)
W. Grant Hague
Nor is it necessary to impregnate the beer-wort with yeast to provoke fermentation.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
He had sought to impregnate his colleagues with the same loftiness of principle—he had failed.Rienzi
Edward Bulwer Lytton
There is no identity of matter between me as I now am, and me as an impregnate ovum.The Note-Books of Samuel Butler
But he knows that she will impregnate him as well, give him power from her strength.mile Verhaeren
- 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
- pregnant or fertilized
Word Origin for impregnate
Word Origin and History for impregnate
- To make pregnant; to cause to conceive; inseminate.
- To fertilize an ovum.
- To fill throughout; saturate.