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Origin of saturate

First recorded in 1530–40; from Latin saturātus (past participle of saturāre “to fill”), equivalent to satur- “full, well-fed” (see sad) + -ātus-ate1

synonym study for saturate

3. See wet.

OTHER WORDS FROM saturate

de·sat·u·rate, verb (used with object), de·sat·u·rat·ed, de·sat·u·rat·ing.o·ver·sat·u·rate, verb (used with object), o·ver·sat·u·rat·ed, o·ver·sat·u·rat·ing.
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How to use saturate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for saturate

saturate

verb (ˈsætʃəˌreɪt)
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
adjective (ˈsætʃərɪt, -ˌreɪt)
a less common word for saturated

Derived forms of saturate

saturater or saturator, noun

Word Origin for saturate

C16: from Latin saturāre, from satur sated, from satis enough
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Medical definitions for saturate

saturate
[ săchə-rāt′ ]

v.
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.

Other words from saturate

satu•ra•ble (săchər-ə-bəl) adj.satu•ra′tor n.
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