impregnate [ verb im- preg-neyt, im-preg-neyt; adjective im- preg-nit, -neyt] Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms for impregnate on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), im·preg·nat·ed, im·preg·nat·ing. to make pregnant; get with child or young. to fertilize. to cause to be infused or permeated throughout, as with a substance; saturate: to impregnate a handkerchief with cheap perfume. to fill interstices with a substance. to furnish with some actuating or modifying element infused or introduced; imbue, infect; tincture. Origin of impregnate 1535–45;
Late Latin impraegnātus
past participle of
to fertilize, impregnate, equivalent to
im- im- 1
-ātus -ate 1 Related forms im·preg·na·tion, noun im·preg·na·tor, noun im·preg·na·to·ry , [im- preg-n uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪmˈprɛg nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective non·im·preg·nat·ed, adjective re·im·preg·nate, verb (used with object), re·im·preg·nat·ed, re·im·preg·nat·ing. re·im·preg·na·tion, noun self-im·preg·nat·ed, adjective self-im·preg·nat·ing, adjective self-im·preg·na·tion, noun self-im·preg·na·tor, noun un·im·preg·nat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for self-impregnating to saturate, soak, or infuse to impregnate a cloth with detergent to imbue or permeate; pervade to cause to conceive; make pregnant to fertilize (an ovum) to make (land, soil, etc) fruitful adjective ( ɪmˈprɛɡnɪt, -ˌneɪt) pregnant or fertilized Derived Forms impregnation, noun impregnator, noun Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin
impraegnāre to make pregnant, from Latin im- in- ² + praegnans pregnant
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Word Origin and History for self-impregnating impregnate v.
c.1600, from Late Latin
impraegnatus "pregnant," past participle of impraegnare "to render pregnant," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + praegnare "make pregnant" (see pregnant). Earlier in same sense was impregn (1530s).
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self-impregnating in Medicine impregnate (ĭm-prĕg ′nāt) To make pregnant; to cause to conceive; inseminate. To fertilize an ovum. To fill throughout; saturate. Related forms im′preg•na ′tion n. im•preg ′na′tor n.
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