irrigate

[ ir-i-geyt ]
/ ˈɪr ɪˌgeɪt /

verb (used with object), ir·ri·gat·ed, ir·ri·gat·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.

Origin of irrigate

1605–15; < Latin irrigātus, past participle of irrigāre to wet, flood, nourish with water, equivalent to ir- ir-1 + rigā- (stem of rigāre to provide with water, soak) + -tus past participle suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for irrigate

irrigate
/ (ˈɪrɪˌɡeɪt) /

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 irrigāre, from rigāre to moisten, conduct water
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Medicine definitions for irrigate

irrigate
[ ĭrĭ-gāt′ ]

v.

To wash out a cavity or wound with a fluid.
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