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The Definition of - impregnate (verb)

    verb (used with object), impregnated, impregnating.
    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.

Word Example of - impregnate

    Example Sentences for impregnate

    The man may impregnate one woman and not another, and the woman will conceive by one man and not by another.

    It is only necessary that one should meet the female egg in order to impregnate it.

    Their function is simply to impregnate the females, and their life at this stage must necessarily be very brief.

    He had sought to impregnate his colleagues with the same loftiness of principle—he had failed.

    But he knows that she will impregnate him as well, give him power from her strength.

    To impregnate these, a bunch of male flowers is carefully inserted and fastened in the calyx.

    This leaf consists of absorbent vessels, and pulmonary ones, to obtain its nutriment, and to impregnate it with oxygene.

    In his primitive home he would follow his sexual inclination, impregnate his wife and protect her against all dangers.

    Melt and mix them over a slow fire, then draw the linen through it frequently so as to impregnate both sides.

    The cobalt of Belgian Congo is obtained from rich oxidized copper ores which impregnate folded sediments (p. 205).

Word Origin & History of - impregnate

    Word Origin & History

    impregnate c.1600, from L.L. imprægnatus "pregnant," pp. of imprægnare "to render pregnant," from in- "in" + prægnare "make pregnant" (see pregnant).

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