verb (used without object), ger·mi·nat·ed, ger·mi·nat·ing.
to begin to grow or develop.
- to develop into a plant or individual, as a seed, spore, or bulb.
- to put forth shoots; sprout; pullulate.
to come into existence; begin.
verb (used with object), ger·mi·nat·ed, ger·mi·nat·ing.
to cause to develop; produce.
to cause to come into existence; create.
- germinal membrane,
- germinal pole,
- germinal vesicle,
- germinative layer,
Origin of germinate
ger·mi·na·ble [jur-muh-nuh-buh l] /ˈdʒɜr mə nə bəl/, adjectiveger·mi·na·tion, nounger·mi·na·tor, nounnon·ger·mi·nat·ing, adjective
non·ger·mi·na·tion, nounre·ger·mi·nate, verb, re·ger·mi·nat·ed, re·ger·mi·nat·ing.re·ger·mi·na·tion, nounun·ger·mi·nat·ed, adjectiveun·ger·mi·nat·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ungerminated
The first form is found in the cells of ungerminated seeds, in leaves, shoots, etc.The Chemistry of Plant Life|Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
to cause (seeds or spores) to sprout or (of seeds or spores) to sprout or form new tissue following increased metabolism
to grow or cause to grow; develop
to come or bring into existence; originatethe idea germinated with me
Word Origin for germinate
C17: from Latin germināre to sprout; see germ
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
c.1600, probably a back-formation from germination. Earlier germynen (mid-15c.) was from Latin germinare. Figurative use from 1640s. Related: Germinated; germinating.
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