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pregnant

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[ preg-nuhnt ]
/ ˈprɛg nənt /
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adjective
having a child or other offspring developing in the body; with child or young, as a woman or female mammal.
fraught, filled, or abounding (usually followed by with): a silence pregnant with suspense.
teeming or fertile; rich (often followed by in): a mind pregnant in ideas.
full of meaning; highly significant: a pregnant utterance.
of great importance or potential; momentous: a pregnant moment in the history of the world.
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Origin of pregnant

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1375–1425; late Middle English <Latin praegnant- (stem of praegnāns), variant of praegnās, equivalent to prae-pre- + *gnāt- (akin to (g)nātus born, gignere to bring into being) + -s nominative singular ending

OTHER WORDS FROM pregnant

preg·nant·ly, adverbpreg·nant·ness, noun

Other definitions for pregnant (2 of 2)

pregnant2
[ preg-nuhnt ]
/ ˈprɛg nənt /

adjective Archaic.
convincing; cogent: a pregnant argument.

Origin of pregnant

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1350–1400; Middle English preignant<Old French, present participle of preindre, earlier priembre to press1 <Latin premere.Cf. print
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British Dictionary definitions for pregnant

pregnant
/ (ˈprɛɡnənt) /

adjective
carrying a fetus or fetuses within the womb
full of meaning or significance
inventive or imaginative
prolific or fruitful

Derived forms of pregnant

pregnantly, adverb

Word Origin for pregnant

C16: from Latin praegnāns with child, from prae before + (g) nascī to be born
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Medical definitions for pregnant

pregnant
[ prĕgnənt ]

adj.
Carrying developing offspring within the body.
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