- 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.
- to cause to develop; produce.
- to cause to come into existence; create.
Origin of germinate
Examples from the Web for ungerminated
Historical Examples of 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
c.1600, probably a back-formation from germination. Earlier germynen (mid-15c.) was from Latin germinare. Figurative use from 1640s. Related: Germinated; germinating.