germinate

[jur-muh-neyt]
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verb (used without object), ger·mi·nat·ed, ger·mi·nat·ing.

to begin to grow or develop.
Botany.
  1. to develop into a plant or individual, as a seed, spore, or bulb.
  2. 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.

Nearby words

  1. germinal membrane,
  2. germinal pole,
  3. germinal vesicle,
  4. germinally,
  5. germinant,
  6. germination,
  7. germinative,
  8. germinative layer,
  9. germinoma,
  10. germiston

Origin of germinate

1600–10; < Latin germinātus (past participle of germināre to sprout, bud), equivalent to germin- (see germinal) + -ātus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for ungerminated

germinate

verb

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
Derived Formsgerminable or germinative, adjectivegermination, noungerminator, noun

Word Origin for germinate

C17: from Latin germināre to sprout; see germ

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Word Origin and History for ungerminated

germinate

v.

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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