verb (used with object), irrigated, irrigating.
to supply (land) with water by artificial means, as by diverting streams, flooding, or spraying.
Medicine/Medical. to supply or wash (an orifice, wound, etc.) with a spray or a flow of some liquid.
to moisten; wet.

1605–15; < Latin irrigātus, past participle of irrigāre to wet, flood, nourish with water, equivalent to ir- ir-1 + rigā- (stem of rigāre to provide with water, soak) + -tus past participle suffix

irrigator, noun
nonirrigated, adjective
nonirrigating, adjective
overirrigate, verb (used with object), overirrigated, overirrigating.
reirrigate, verb (used with object), reirrigated, reirrigating.
unirrigated, adjective
well-irrigated, adjective Unabridged
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irrigate (ˈɪrɪˌɡeɪt)
1.  to supply (land) with water by means of artificial canals, ditches, etc, esp to promote the growth of food crops
2.  med to bathe or wash out a bodily part, cavity, or wound
3.  (tr) to make fertile, fresh, or vital by or as if by watering
[C17: from Latin irrigāre, from rigāre to moisten, conduct water]

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Word Origin & History

1623, from L. irrigatus, pp. of irrigare "lead water to, refresh," from in- "in" + rigare "to water, to moisten," of uncertain origin, perhaps cognate with O.E. regn "rain."
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Medical Dictionary

irrigate ir·ri·gate (ĭr'ĭ-gāt')
v. ir·ri·gat·ed, ir·ri·gat·ing, ir·ri·gates
To wash out a cavity or wound with a fluid.

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Example sentences
Irrigate artfully with water that sprays off the hoops of this copper kinetic
Group plants in your garden by water needs and irrigate during early morning to
  conserve water.
He also has to buy feed for his animals because there is no water to irrigate
Irrigate once a week or so using a gentle stream of water from the hose or a
  watering can with a narrow spout.
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