[verb im-preg-neyt, im-preg-neyt; adjective im-preg-nit, -neyt]
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.
Origin of impregnate
Synonyms for impregnate
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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
Word Origin for impregnate
C17: from Late Latin impraegnāre to make pregnant, from Latin im- in- ² + praegnans pregnant
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To make pregnant; to cause to conceive; inseminate.
To fertilize an ovum.
To fill throughout; saturate.
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