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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
6.
impregnated.
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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Examples from the web for impregnated
  • She also has to be impregnated and give birth so that she'll lactate.
  • As the ship moves through a spill, the oil-impregnated wool will be gathered mechanically up ramps and taken into the ship.
  • When woven into a lattice structure and impregnated with resin they can produce a part that is stronger than steel.
  • Being heavily impregnated with oil, patching it up by welding a plate in place was impossible.
  • His cabinet is impregnated with zealots ill-prepared for their responsibilities.
  • More progress has been made by seeding stem cells onto a variety of simple scaffolds impregnated with growth-promoting chemicals.
  • Laminates are made of thin sheets of kraft paper impregnated with phenolic resin.
  • He impregnated her, returned to the war, and was killed.
  • The clear electrode on the left has has been impregnated with lithium.
  • Interstellar clouds of gas are impregnated with organic molecules, the chemical ingredients of life.
British Dictionary definitions for impregnated

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 impregnated

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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impregnated 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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