impregnate

[v. im-preg-neyt, im-preg-neyt; adj. im-preg-nit, -neyt]
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:
1535–45; < Late Latin impraegnātus past participle of impraegnāre to fertilize, impregnate, equivalent to im- im-1 + praegn- (see pregnant) + -ātus -ate1

impregnation, noun
impregnator, noun
impregnatory [im-preg-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , 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


3. permeate, infuse, penetrate.
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impregnate
 
vb
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
 
adj
6.  pregnant or fertilized
 
[C17: from Late Latin impraegnāre to make pregnant, from Latin im-in-² + praegnanspregnant]
 
impreg'nation
 
n
 
im'pregnator
 
n

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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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Medical Dictionary

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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Example sentences
She also has to be impregnated and give birth so that she'll lactate.
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.
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