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impregnate

[ verb im-preg-neyt, im-preg-neyt; adjective im-preg-nit, -neyt ]
/ verb 瑟m藞pr蓻g ne瑟t, 藞瑟m pr蓻g藢ne瑟t; adjective 瑟m藞pr蓻g n瑟t, -ne瑟t /
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verb (used with object), im路preg路nat路ed, im路preg路nat路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鈥45; from Late Latin impraegn膩tus, past participle of impraegn膩re 鈥渢o fertilize, impregnate,鈥 equivalent to im- variant of prefix in- 鈥渋n鈥 + praegn-, stem of praegn膩s 鈥減regnant, with child鈥 + -膩tus past participle suffix; see origin at im-1, pregnant1,-ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for impregnate

impregnate

verb (藞瑟mpr蓻伞藢ne瑟t) (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 (瑟m藞pr蓻伞n瑟t, -藢ne瑟t)
pregnant or fertilized

Derived forms of impregnate

impregnation, nounimpregnator, noun

Word Origin for impregnate

C17: from Late Latin impraegn膩re to make pregnant, from Latin im- in- 虏 + praegnans pregnant
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Medical definitions for impregnate

impregnate
[ 沫m-pr臅gn膩t ]

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

Other words from impregnate

im鈥瞤reg鈥ation n.im鈥regna鈥瞭or n.
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