verb (used with object), pro·cre·at·ed, pro·cre·at·ing.

to beget or generate (offspring).
to produce; bring into being.

verb (used without object), pro·cre·at·ed, pro·cre·at·ing.

to beget offspring.
to produce; bring into being.

Origin of procreate

1530–40; < Latin prōcreātus, past participle of prōcreāre to breed. See pro-1, create
Related formspro·cre·a·tion, nounpro·cre·a·tive, adjectivepro·cre·a·tive·ness, nounpro·cre·a·tor, nounnon·pro·cre·a·tion, nounnon·pro·cre·a·tive, adjectiveun·pro·cre·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of procreate

Historical Examples of procreate

  • He laughed at people who said that a castrato could not procreate.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • The mother does not procreate the son; she only bears and cherishes the awakened life.


    William Graham Sumner

  • But in that case it is not necessary to procreate together (excuse my brutality).

  • They must get food somehow, they must sleep and wake, they must procreate.

    Do Unto Others

    Mark Clifton

  • The impulse to procreate the species is the most powerful expression of the "Will to Live."

British Dictionary definitions for procreate



to beget or engender (offspring)
(tr) to bring into being
Derived Formsprocreant or procreative, adjectiveprocreation, nounprocreator, noun

Word Origin for procreate

C16: from Latin prōcreāre, from pro- 1 + creāre to create
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Word Origin and History for procreate

1530s, a back formation from procreation or else from Latin procreatus, past participle of procreare "to beget, bring forth" (see procreation). Related: Procreated; procreating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

procreate in Medicine




To beget and conceive offspring; to reproduce.
To produce or create; originate.
Related formspro′cre•ation n.
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