[ proh-kree-eyt ]
/ ˈproʊ kriˌeɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. procopius,
  2. procrastinate,
  3. procrastination,
  4. procrastination is the thief of time,
  5. procreant,
  6. procreation,
  7. procreative,
  8. procrustean,
  9. procrustean bed,
  10. procrustes

Origin of procreate

1530–40; < Latin prōcreātus, past participle of prōcreāre to breed. See pro-1, create

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British Dictionary definitions for procreative


/ (ˈprəʊkrɪˌeɪt) /


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 procreative



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

Medicine definitions for procreative


[ prōkrē-ā′tĭv ]


Capable of reproducing; generative.
Of or directed to procreation.


[ prōkrē-āt′ ]


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

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