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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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  • It is through one of these that the radicle emerges when the embryo germinates.
British Dictionary definitions for germinates

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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