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procreate

[proh-kree-eyt] /ˈproʊ kriˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), procreated, procreating.
1.
to beget or generate (offspring).
2.
to produce; bring into being.
verb (used without object), procreated, procreating.
3.
to beget offspring.
4.
to produce; bring into being.
Origin of procreate
1530-1540
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
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  • The mystery of procreation was indicated by phalli on the Herm.

    A Problem in Greek Ethics John Addington Symonds
  • Questions of heredity, procreation and education will be dealt with calmly and freely.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • The fatal error which causes the procreation of children to depend on pecuniary reasons and interests is a social misfortune.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • procreation is one of the uses of sex-love, but it is not its primary function.

  • The social purists tell the world that chastity is obligatory if procreation be not intended.

    'I Believe' and other essays Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
British Dictionary definitions for procreation

procreate

/ˈprəʊkrɪˌeɪt/
verb
1.
to beget or engender (offspring)
2.
(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 procreation
n.

late 14c., "process of begetting offspring," from Old French procreacion (14c., Modern French prócreation) and directly from Latin procreationem (nominative procreatio) "a begetting, generation," noun of action from past participle stem of procreare "bring forth" (offspring), "beget, generate, produce," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + creare "create" (see create).

procreate

v.

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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procreation 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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