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irrigate

[ ir-i-geyt ]
/ ˈɪr ɪˌgeɪt /
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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.

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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
irrigable, adjectiveirrigation, nounirrigational or irrigative, adjectiveirrigator, noun
C17: from Latin irrigāre, from rigāre to moisten, conduct water
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Medical definitions for irrigate

irrigate
[ ĭrĭ-gāt′ ]

v.

To wash out a cavity or wound with a fluid.
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