[verb im-preg-neyt, im-preg-neyt; adjective im-preg-nit, -neyt]
- 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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There is a salt dust which rises from the spray and impregnates everything, even filling one's mouth with a saline taste.Under the Southern Cross
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It impregnates the whole system with two of the most fatal poisons, Nicotina, and Nicotianin.Vanity, All Is Vanity
- 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
C17: from Late Latin impraegnāre to make pregnant, from Latin im- in- ² + praegnans pregnant
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Word Origin and History for impregnates
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To make pregnant; to cause to conceive; inseminate.
- To fertilize an ovum.
- To fill throughout; saturate.
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