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germinate

[jur-muh-neyt] /ˈdʒɜr məˌneɪt/
verb (used without object), germinated, germinating.
1.
to begin to grow or develop.
2.
Botany.
  1. to develop into a plant or individual, as a seed, spore, or bulb.
  2. to put forth shoots; sprout; pullulate.
3.
to come into existence; begin.
verb (used with object), germinated, germinating.
4.
to cause to develop; produce.
5.
to cause to come into existence; create.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin germinātus (past participle of germināre to sprout, bud), equivalent to germin- (see germinal) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
germinable
[jur-muh-nuh-buh l] /ˈdʒɜr mə nə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
germination, noun
germinator, noun
nongerminating, adjective
nongermination, noun
regerminate, verb, regerminated, regerminating.
regermination, noun
ungerminated, adjective
ungerminating, adjective
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Examples from the web for germinate
  • Seeds intended for foodstuffs could spill, germinate and grow, allowing their genes to enter the ecosystem unintentionally.
  • The hot pepper seeds in the droppings germinate right there and this is an ideal shady spot for them to grow.
  • Seeds germinate quickly and plants grow with little fuss.
  • Themes are made up on the spot, and ideas that germinate in different sections of the band slowly grow and intertwine.
  • Witch hazel seeds commonly take up to two years to germinate, then even then grow slowly and unpredictably.
  • However, some seeds that didn't germinate will remain viable, and will grow in a year or later when conditions are favorable.
  • Many plants have seeds that require fire to germinate, or need the kind of disturbed habitat fires leave behind in order to grow.
  • Possibly this is because the seeds germinate so quickly.
  • But foresters have learned that forests need fires to clear out the brush and even to get seeds to germinate.
  • She found that seeds handled by birds are twice as likely to germinate as seeds that simply land on the forest floor.
British Dictionary definitions for germinate

germinate

/ˈdʒɜːmɪˌneɪt/
verb
1.
to cause (seeds or spores) to sprout or (of seeds or spores) to sprout or form new tissue following increased metabolism
2.
to grow or cause to grow; develop
3.
to come or bring into existence; originate: the idea germinated with me
Derived Forms
germinable, germinative, adjective
germination, noun
germinator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin germināre to sprout; see germ
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Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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