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impregnate

[v. im-preg-neyt, im-preg-neyt; adj. im-preg-nit, -neyt] /v. ɪmˈprɛg neɪt, ˈɪm prɛgˌneɪt; adj. ɪmˈprɛg nɪt, -neɪt/
verb (used with object), impregnated, impregnating.
1.
to make pregnant; get with child or young.
2.
to fertilize.
3.
to cause to be infused or permeated throughout, as with a substance; saturate:
to impregnate a handkerchief with cheap perfume.
4.
to fill interstices with a substance.
5.
to furnish with some actuating or modifying element infused or introduced; imbue, infect; tincture.
adjective
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Late Latin impraegnātus past participle of impraegnāre to fertilize, impregnate, equivalent to im- im-1 + praegn- (see pregnant) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
impregnation, noun
impregnator, noun
impregnatory
[im-preg-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪmˈprɛg nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonimpregnated, adjective
reimpregnate, verb (used with object), reimpregnated, reimpregnating.
reimpregnation, noun
self-impregnated, adjective
self-impregnating, adjective
self-impregnation, noun
self-impregnator, noun
unimpregnated, adjective
Synonyms
3. permeate, infuse, penetrate.
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British Dictionary definitions for impregnation

impregnate

verb (transitive) (ˈɪmprɛɡˌneɪt)
1.
to saturate, soak, or infuse: to impregnate a cloth with detergent
2.
to imbue or permeate; pervade
3.
to cause to conceive; make pregnant
4.
to fertilize (an ovum)
5.
to make (land, soil, etc) fruitful
adjective (ɪmˈprɛɡnɪt; -ˌneɪt)
6.
pregnant or fertilized
Derived Forms
impregnation, noun
impregnator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin impraegnāre to make pregnant, from Latin im-in-² + praegnanspregnant
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Word Origin and History for impregnation
n.

late 14c., "making or becoming pregnant," from Old French impregnacion, from Late Latin impregnationem (nominative impregnatio), from impraegnare (see impregnate).

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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impregnation in Medicine

impregnate im·preg·nate (ĭm-prěg'nāt)
v. im·preg·nat·ed, im·preg·nat·ing, im·preg·nates

  1. To make pregnant; to cause to conceive; inseminate.

  2. To fertilize an ovum.

  3. To fill throughout; saturate.


im'preg·na'tion n.
im·preg'na'tor n.
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