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[proh-kree-eyt] /ˈproʊ kriˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), procreated, procreating.
to beget or generate (offspring).
to produce; bring into being.
verb (used without object), procreated, procreating.
to beget offspring.
to produce; bring into being.
Origin of procreate
1530-40; < Latin prōcreātus, past participle of prōcreāre to breed. See pro-1, create
Related forms
procreation, noun
procreative, adjective
procreativeness, noun
procreator, noun
nonprocreation, noun
nonprocreative, adjective
unprocreated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for procreate
  • Pollen grains have been traveling via gusts of wind and animals since before the age of the dinosaurs, in an attempt to procreate.
  • The funnels that create, don't procreate in the same dimension.
  • It has found a temperate rainforest, with increasing temperatures, and now its spores are able to procreate.
  • And argue about human rights while ignoring that our own right to procreate is the biggest threat to these rights.
  • And the hormone need to procreate and build a family is not there.
  • And if you don't, here's hoping you don't get to procreate.
  • And the church always held that failure to procreate is not grounds to dissolve a marriage.
  • Instead, in time another two rocks can bang together to create another bag of chemicals that will eat, secrete and procreate.
  • Pathogens-those selfish beasts-will do anything to stay alive and procreate.
  • The primitive part of our brains are hardwired to procreate and search for specific characteristics.
British Dictionary definitions for procreate


to beget or engender (offspring)
(transitive) to bring into being
Derived Forms
procreant, procreative, adjective
procreation, noun
procreator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōcreāre, from pro-1 + creāre to create
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Word Origin and History for procreate

1530s, a back formation from procreation or else from Latin procreatus, past participle of procreare "to beget, bring forth" (see procreation). Related: Procreated; procreating.

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procreate in Medicine

procreate pro·cre·ate (prō'krē-āt')
v. pro·cre·at·ed, pro·cre·at·ing, pro·cre·ates

  1. To beget and conceive offspring; to reproduce.

  2. To produce or create; originate.

pro'cre·a'tion n.
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