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pregnant1

[preg-nuh nt] /ˈprɛg nənt/
adjective
1.
having a child or other offspring developing in the body; with child or young, as a woman or female mammal.
2.
fraught, filled, or abounding (usually followed by with):
a silence pregnant with suspense.
3.
teeming or fertile; rich (often followed by in):
a mind pregnant in ideas.
4.
full of meaning; highly significant:
a pregnant utterance.
5.
of great importance or potential; momentous:
a pregnant moment in the history of the world.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin praegnant- (stem of praegnāns), variant of praegnās, equivalent to prae- pre- + *gnāt- (akin to ( g)nātus born, gignere to bring into being) + -s nominative singular ending
Related forms
pregnantly, adverb
pregnantness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pregnant in

pregnant

/ˈprɛɡnənt/
adjective
1.
carrying a fetus or fetuses within the womb
2.
full of meaning or significance
3.
inventive or imaginative
4.
prolific or fruitful
Derived Forms
pregnantly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin praegnāns with child, from prae before + (g)nascī to be born
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Word Origin and History for pregnant in

pregnant

adj.

"with child," early 15c., from Latin praegnantem (nominative praegnans, originally praegnas) "with child," literally "before birth," probably from prae- "before" (see pre-) + root of gnasci "be born" (see genus).

Retained its status as a taboo word until c.1950; modern euphemisms include anticipating, enceinte, expecting, in a family way, in a delicate (or interesting) condition. Old English terms included mid-bearne, literally "with child;" bearn-eaca, literally "child-adding" or "child-increasing;" and geacnod "increased." Among c.1800 slang terms for "pregnant" was poisoned (in reference to the swelling).

"convincing, weighty, pithy," late 14c., "cogent, convincing, compelling" (of evidence, an argument, etc.); sense of "full of meaning" is from c.1400. According to OED from Old French preignant, present participle of preindre "press, squeeze, stamp, crush," from earlier priembre, from Latin premere "to press" (see press (v.1)). But Watkins has it from Latin praehendere "to grasp, seize," and in Barnhart it is from Latin praegnans "with child," literally "before birth" and thus identical with pregnant (adj.1).

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pregnant in in Medicine

pregnant preg·nant (prěg'nənt)
adj.
Carrying developing offspring within the body.

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