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verb (used with object), pro·cre·at·ed, pro·cre·at·ing.
  1. to beget or generate (offspring).
  2. to produce; bring into being.
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verb (used without object), pro·cre·at·ed, pro·cre·at·ing.
  1. to beget offspring.
  2. to produce; bring into being.
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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
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  • An extremely important question is that of the procreation of children.

  • Questions of heredity, procreation and education will be dealt with calmly and freely.

  • Procreation is one of the uses of sex-love, but it is not its primary function.

  • A peculiar aptitude for procreation is sometimes hereditary.

    The Physical Life of Woman:

    Dr. George H Napheys

  • It is difficult to see how savage men could have got any idea of procreation.


    William Graham Sumner

British Dictionary definitions for procreation


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

Word Origin

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


late 14c., "process of begetting offspring," from Old French procreacion (14c., Modern French prócreation) and directly from Latin procreationem (nominative procreatio) "a begetting, generation," noun of action from past participle stem of procreare "bring forth" (offspring), "beget, generate, produce," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + creare "create" (see create).

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

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procreation in Medicine


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