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irrigate

[ ir-i-geyt ]
/ 藞瑟r 瑟藢ge瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ir路ri路gat路ed, ir路ri路gat路ing.
to supply (land) with water by artificial means, as by diverting streams, flooding, or spraying.
Medicine/Medical. to supply or wash (an orifice, wound, etc.) with a spray or a flow of some liquid.
to moisten; wet.
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Origin of irrigate

1605鈥15; <Latin irrig膩tus, past participle of irrig膩re to wet, flood, nourish with water, equivalent to ir-ir-1 + rig膩- (stem of rig膩re to provide with water, soak) + -tus past participle suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for irrigate

irrigate
/ (藞瑟r瑟藢伞e瑟t) /

verb
to supply (land) with water by means of artificial canals, ditches, etc, esp to promote the growth of food crops
med to bathe or wash out a bodily part, cavity, or wound
(tr) to make fertile, fresh, or vital by or as if by watering

Derived forms of irrigate

irrigable, adjectiveirrigation, nounirrigational or irrigative, adjectiveirrigator, noun

Word Origin for irrigate

C17: from Latin irrig膩re, from rig膩re to moisten, conduct water
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Medical definitions for irrigate

irrigate
[ 沫r沫-g膩t鈥 ]

v.
To wash out a cavity or wound with a fluid.
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