inseminate

[in-sem-uh-neyt]
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verb (used with object), in·sem·i·nat·ed, in·sem·i·nat·ing.
  1. to inject semen into (the female reproductive tract); impregnate.
  2. to sow; implant seed into.
  3. to sow as seed in something; implant: to inseminate youth with new ideas.

Origin of inseminate

1615–25; < Latin insēminātus past participle of insēmināre to implant, impregnate, equivalent to in- in-2 + sēminātus (equivalent to sēminā(re) to sow, derivative of sēmen seed (cf. semen) + -tus past participle suffix)
Related formsin·sem·i·na·tion, noun
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Related Words for inseminate

fertilize, implant, seed, promulgate, sow

Examples from the Web for inseminate

Contemporary Examples of inseminate

  • Or, alternatively, we could run away scot-free down Fifth Avenue and pause now and then to inseminate someone.

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    The Ridiculousness of Father's Day

    P. J. O’Rourke

    June 15, 2014

  • They were given a hand-drawn booklet that taught lesbians how to inseminate themselves using a turkey baster.

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    Thank God My Moms Are Lesbians

    Ry Russo-Young

    June 21, 2010


British Dictionary definitions for inseminate

inseminate

verb (tr)
  1. to impregnate (a female) with semen
  2. to introduce (ideas or attitudes) into the mind of (a person or group)
Derived Formsinsemination, nouninseminator, noun

Word Origin for inseminate

C17: from Latin insēmināre, from in- ² + sēmināre to sow, from sēmen seed
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Word Origin and History for inseminate
v.

1620s, "to cast as seed," from Latin inseminatus, past participle of inseminare "to sow, implant," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + semen (genitive semenis) "seed." Meaning "to impregnate with semen" is attested from 1923. Related: Inseminated; inseminating.

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inseminate in Medicine

inseminate

[ĭn-sĕmə-nāt′]
v.
  1. To introduce or inject semen into the reproductive tract of a female.
Related formsin•sem′i•nation n.
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