- to cause (a substance) to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance, through solution, chemical combination, or the like.
- to charge to the utmost, as with magnetism.
- to soak, impregnate, or imbue thoroughly or completely: to saturate a sponge with water; a town saturated with charm.
- to destroy (a target) completely with bombs and missiles.
- to send so many planes over (a target area) that the defensive electronic tracking equipment becomes ineffective.
- to furnish (a market) with goods to its full purchasing capacity.
- to become saturated.
- a saturated fat or fatty acid.
Origin of saturate
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Related Wordspermeate, impregnate, suffuse, soak, wash, pervade, douse, infuse, penetrate, imbue, steep, immerse, satiate, bathe, souse, sop, sate, percolate, transfuse, surfeit
Examples from the Web for saturate
As one Democratic strategist told The Daily Beast, “For a very small investment, you could saturate TV” in South Dakota.South Dakota's Bizarre Four-Way (Senate Election, That Is)
October 15, 2014
Mix it together and let it sit for about ten minutes so the chia seeds can saturate.Four Fatty (But Healthy!) Power Meals to Fuel Your Day
March 3, 2014
Saturate cinemas with a glut of shoddy franchise flicks, and only a few are going to stick, no matter the star.Johnny Depp and the ‘Lone Ranger’ Flop: Is His Career Doomed?
July 9, 2013
Saturate the American public until we forget that anything or anyone else exists or is even an option in 2012.Sarah Palin's Media Strategy
November 22, 2010
Saturate: deeply or strongly marked; in a color, means intense.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
Saturate the residue, when cold, with carbon dioxide and redistil.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique
John William Henry Eyre
Saturate the cake with orange juice to which has been added a little lemon.The Golden Age Cook Book
Henrietta Latham Dwight
In such a case it is above all things necessary to saturate the organism with Apis.Apis Mellifica
C. W. Wolf
Saturate the spot two or three times, and then wash out in soapsuds.
- to fill, soak, or imbue totally
- to make (a chemical compound, vapour, solution, magnetic material, etc) saturated or (of a compound, vapour, etc) to become saturated
- (tr) military to bomb or shell heavily
- a less common word for saturated
Word Origin and History for saturate
1530s, "to satisfy, satiate," from Latin saturatus, past participle of saturare "to fill full, sate, drench," from satur "sated, full," from PIE root *sa- "to satisfy" (see sad). Meaning "soak thoroughly" first recorded 1756. Marketing sense first recorded 1958. Related: Saturated; saturating.
- To imbue or impregnate thoroughly.
- To soak, fill, or load to capacity.
- To cause a substance to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance.
- To satisfy all the chemical affinities of a substance; neutralize.
- To dissolve a substance up to that concentration beyond which the addition of more results in a second phase.