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germinate
germination of a bean seed

ger·mi·nate

 (jûr′mə-nāt′)
v. ger·mi·nat·ed, ger·mi·nat·ing, ger·mi·nates
v.tr.
To cause to sprout or grow.
v.intr.
1. To begin to sprout or grow.
2. To come into existence: An idea germinated in his mind.

[Latin germināre, germināt-, to sprout, from germen, germin-, sprout, bud; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

ger′mi·na′tion n.
ger′mi·na′tive adj.
ger′mi·na′tor n.

germinate

(ˈdʒɜːmɪˌneɪt)
vb
1. (Botany) to cause (seeds or spores) to sprout or (of seeds or spores) to sprout or form new tissue following increased metabolism
2. to grow or cause to grow; develop
3. to come or bring into existence; originate: the idea germinated with me.
[C17: from Latin germināre to sprout; see germ]
ˈgerminable, ˈgerminative adj
ˌgermiˈnation n
ˈgermiˌnator n

ger•mi•nate

(ˈdʒɜr məˌneɪt)

v. -nat•ed, -nat•ing. v.i.
1. to begin to grow or develop.
2.
a. to develop into a plant or individual, as a seed, spore, or bulb.
b. to put forth shoots; sprout.
3. to come into existence; begin.
v.t.
4. to cause to sprout.
5. to cause to come into existence.
[1600–10; < Latin germinātus, past participle of germināre to sprout, bud, derivative of germen; see germ]
ger′mi•na•ble (-nə bəl) adj.
ger`mi•na′tion, n.
ger′mi•na`tor, n.
germ, germinate - From Latin germen, "seed, sprout."
See also related terms for sprout.

germinate


Past participle: germinated
Gerund: germinating

Imperative
germinate
germinate
Present
I germinate
you germinate
he/she/it germinates
we germinate
you germinate
they germinate
Preterite
I germinated
you germinated
he/she/it germinated
we germinated
you germinated
they germinated
Present Continuous
I am germinating
you are germinating
he/she/it is germinating
we are germinating
you are germinating
they are germinating
Present Perfect
I have germinated
you have germinated
he/she/it has germinated
we have germinated
you have germinated
they have germinated
Past Continuous
I was germinating
you were germinating
he/she/it was germinating
we were germinating
you were germinating
they were germinating
Past Perfect
I had germinated
you had germinated
he/she/it had germinated
we had germinated
you had germinated
they had germinated
Future
I will germinate
you will germinate
he/she/it will germinate
we will germinate
you will germinate
they will germinate
Future Perfect
I will have germinated
you will have germinated
he/she/it will have germinated
we will have germinated
you will have germinated
they will have germinated
Future Continuous
I will be germinating
you will be germinating
he/she/it will be germinating
we will be germinating
you will be germinating
they will be germinating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been germinating
you have been germinating
he/she/it has been germinating
we have been germinating
you have been germinating
they have been germinating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been germinating
you will have been germinating
he/she/it will have been germinating
we will have been germinating
you will have been germinating
they will have been germinating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been germinating
you had been germinating
he/she/it had been germinating
we had been germinating
you had been germinating
they had been germinating
Conditional
I would germinate
you would germinate
he/she/it would germinate
we would germinate
you would germinate
they would germinate
Past Conditional
I would have germinated
you would have germinated
he/she/it would have germinated
we would have germinated
you would have germinated
they would have germinated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.germinate - produce buds, branches, or germinate; "the potatoes sprouted"
grow - increase in size by natural process; "Corn doesn't grow here"; "In these forests, mushrooms grow under the trees"; "her hair doesn't grow much anymore"
germinate - cause to grow or sprout; "the plentiful rain germinated my plants"
2.germinate - work out; "We have developed a new theory of evolution"
create by mental act, create mentally - create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
develop - make something new, such as a product or a mental or artistic creation; "Her company developed a new kind of building material that withstands all kinds of weather"; "They developed a new technique"
3.germinate - cause to grow or sprout; "the plentiful rain germinated my plants"
grow - cause to grow or develop; "He grows vegetables in his backyard"
bourgeon, burgeon forth, germinate, sprout, spud, pullulate, shoot - produce buds, branches, or germinate; "the potatoes sprouted"

germinate

verb
1. sprout, grow, shoot, develop, generate, swell, bud, vegetate Some seed varieties germinate very quickly.
2. develop, grow, progress, generate, evolve, originate He wrote to Eliot about an idea that was germinating in his mind.
Translations
يُنْبِت
klíčit
spire
csíráztat
spíra
daiginimasdaigintidygimasdygti
dīgtrasties
klíčiť
filizlenmekgelişmeye başlamak

germinate

[ˈdʒɜːmɪneɪt] VI [seed, idea] → germinar

germinate

[ˈdʒɜːrmɪneɪt]
vi
[seed] → germer
[idea, plan] → germer; [feeling] → naître
vt [+ seed] → faire germer

germinate

vikeimen; (fig)aufkeimen (geh); he let the idea germinate in his minder ließ die Idee in sich (dat)keimen
vt (lit, fig)keimen lassen

germinate

[ˈdʒɜːmɪˌneɪt] vigerminare, germogliare

germinate

(ˈdʒəːmineit) verb
to (cause eg a seed to) begin to grow.
ˌgermiˈnation noun
References in classic literature ?
I went on with my day's business tranquilly; but ever and anon vague suggestions kept wandering across my brain of reasons why I should quit Thornfield; and I kept involuntarily framing advertisements and pondering conjectures about new situations: these thoughts I did not think check; they might germinate and bear fruit if they could.
It was with a strange feeling of desolation, mingled with a strong sense of the novelty of my situation, and a joyless kind of curiosity concerning what was yet unknown, that I awoke the next morning; feeling like one whirled away by enchantment, and suddenly dropped from the clouds into a remote and unknown land, widely and completely isolated from all he had ever seen or known before; or like a thistle-seed borne on the wind to some strange nook of uncongenial soil, where it must lie long enough before it can take root and germinate, extracting nourishment from what appears so alien to its nature: if, indeed, it ever can.
It would suffice to keep up the full number of a tree, which lived on an average for a thousand years, if a single seed were produced once in a thousand years, supposing that this seed were never destroyed, and could be ensured to germinate in a fitting place.
Be that as it may, it did comprehend it; for in our souls there germinate far greater powers than we poor mortals, despite all our cleverness, have any notion of.
Thus there is no sleep, no pause, no preservation, but all things renew, germinate and spring.
Truffles belong to a maddening group of fungi that live only as partners to other plants, and scientists have yet to coax the spores to germinate in laboratory cultures.
Her nasturtiums in every shade of orange and gold, her lilac larkspurs, sky blue forget-me-nots, fragrant sweet peas, florist chrysanthemums, dark and light blue lobelia, and normally temperamental cineraria are all growing from seeds that germinate where they have fallen or have been moved by water, wind, or avian creature.
If a seed is fortunate enough to land in the shade of a small tree, and there is sufficient moisture in the soil, it may germinate.
Once Myers and Seamon had proven that the seed would germinate, they looked at different ways of planting it.
Lettuce can be a bit tricky since the seed doesn't usually like to germinate in temperatures over 70 degrees.
Fotheringham of California State University, Los Angeles spent years failing to find the right triggers to germinate seeds in the laboratory.
But that was a drought year, and the nuts were too poor to germinate.