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ir·ri·gate

 (ĭr′ĭ-gāt′)
v. ir·ri·gat·ed, ir·ri·gat·ing, ir·ri·gates
v.tr.
1. To supply (land or crops) with water by means of pipes, sprinklers, ditches, or streams.
2. To wash out (a body cavity or wound) with water or a medicated fluid.
v.intr.
To irrigate land or crops.

[Latin irrigāre, irrigāt- : in-, in; see in-2 + rigāre, to water.]

ir′ri·ga′tion n.
ir′ri·ga′tion·al adj.
ir′ri·ga′tor n.

irrigate

(ˈɪrɪˌɡeɪt)
vb
1. (Agriculture) to supply (land) with water by means of artificial canals, ditches, etc, esp to promote the growth of food crops
2. (Medicine) 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]
ˈirrigable adj
ˌirriˈgation n
ˌirriˈgational, ˈirriˌgative adj
ˈirriˌgator n

ir•ri•gate

(ˈɪr ɪˌgeɪt)

v.t. -gat•ed, -gat•ing.
1. to supply (land) with water by artificial means, as by diverting streams, flooding, or spraying.
2. to supply or wash (an orifice, wound, etc.) with a spray or a flow of some liquid.
3. to moisten; wet.
[1605–15; < Latin irrigāre to wet, flood, nourish with water, =ir- ir-1 + rigāre to provide with water, soak]
ir′ri•ga•ble, adj.
ir′ri•ga•bly, adv.
ir`ri•ga′tion, n.
ir`ri•ga′tion•al, adj.
ir•ri•ga•tive, adj.
ir′ri•ga`tor, n.

irrigate


Past participle: irrigated
Gerund: irrigating

Imperative
irrigate
irrigate
Present
I irrigate
you irrigate
he/she/it irrigates
we irrigate
you irrigate
they irrigate
Preterite
I irrigated
you irrigated
he/she/it irrigated
we irrigated
you irrigated
they irrigated
Present Continuous
I am irrigating
you are irrigating
he/she/it is irrigating
we are irrigating
you are irrigating
they are irrigating
Present Perfect
I have irrigated
you have irrigated
he/she/it has irrigated
we have irrigated
you have irrigated
they have irrigated
Past Continuous
I was irrigating
you were irrigating
he/she/it was irrigating
we were irrigating
you were irrigating
they were irrigating
Past Perfect
I had irrigated
you had irrigated
he/she/it had irrigated
we had irrigated
you had irrigated
they had irrigated
Future
I will irrigate
you will irrigate
he/she/it will irrigate
we will irrigate
you will irrigate
they will irrigate
Future Perfect
I will have irrigated
you will have irrigated
he/she/it will have irrigated
we will have irrigated
you will have irrigated
they will have irrigated
Future Continuous
I will be irrigating
you will be irrigating
he/she/it will be irrigating
we will be irrigating
you will be irrigating
they will be irrigating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been irrigating
you have been irrigating
he/she/it has been irrigating
we have been irrigating
you have been irrigating
they have been irrigating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been irrigating
you will have been irrigating
he/she/it will have been irrigating
we will have been irrigating
you will have been irrigating
they will have been irrigating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been irrigating
you had been irrigating
he/she/it had been irrigating
we had been irrigating
you had been irrigating
they had been irrigating
Conditional
I would irrigate
you would irrigate
he/she/it would irrigate
we would irrigate
you would irrigate
they would irrigate
Past Conditional
I would have irrigated
you would have irrigated
he/she/it would have irrigated
we would have irrigated
you would have irrigated
they would have irrigated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.irrigate - supply with water, as with channels or ditches or streamsirrigate - supply with water, as with channels or ditches or streams; "Water the fields"
wet - cause to become wet; "Wet your face"
hose, hose down - water with a hose; "hose the lawn"
flush - cause to flow or flood with or as if with water; "flush the meadows"
hush - run water over the ground to erode (soil), revealing the underlying strata and valuable minerals
2.irrigate - supply with a constant flow or sprinkling of some liquid, for the purpose of cooling, cleansing, or disinfecting; "irrigate the wound"
care for, treat - provide treatment for; "The doctor treated my broken leg"; "The nurses cared for the bomb victims"; "The patient must be treated right away or she will die"; "Treat the infection with antibiotics"

irrigate

verb water, wet, moisten, flood, inundate The land is irrigated by a maze of interconnected canals.
Translations
يَسْقي
zavlažitzavlažovat
vande
veita vatni á
drėkinamasdrėkinimas
apūdeņot
zavlažiť

irrigate

[ˈɪrɪgeɪt] VT (Agr) [+ land, crops] → regar (Med) → irrigar
irrigated landtierras fpl de regadío

irrigate

[ˈɪrɪgeɪt] vtirriguer

irrigate

vt
land, cropbewässern
(Med) → spülen

irrigate

[ˈɪrɪˌgeɪt] vtirrigare

irrigate

(ˈirigeit) verb
to supply water to (land), especially by canals or other artificial means.
ˌirriˈgation noun

ir·ri·gate

v. irrigar, lavar con un chorro de agua.

irrigate

vt irrigar
References in classic literature ?
A vine loaded with grapes was trained and grew luxuriantly about the mouth of the cave; there were also four running rills of water in channels cut pretty close together, and turned hither and thither so as to irrigate the beds of violets and luscious herbage over which they flowed.
They don't have to irrigate in the valley of the moon, unless for alfalfa and such crops.
To keep it from filling above a certain level we have four great pumping stations that force the oversupply back into the reservoirs far north from which the red men draw the water which irrigates their farm lands.
As a result, I believe this technology can transform the way we irrigate in the future.
Using urban sewage that has been primarily treated to irrigate farmland is an effective method to address the water shortage problem in agriculture, improve soil fertility, and dispose of municipal wastewater (Wang & Zhou, 2004; Zhu, 2001).
ISLAMABAD -- Wapda has expedited the work on constructing small dams to irrigate over 130,000 acres of land in various areas of the country, said an official of Water and Power Development Authority.
Dubai: Dubai is on track to become the first city in the Middle East to use solar energy to irrigate landscaped roundabouts.
He added that the plan is directed towards achieving complete dependence on treated wastewater to irrigate greens and landscaped areas and avoiding the use of well water or desalinated water: "The project, which is to be implemented over a span of 18 months, focuses mainly on estimating the future needs of water for municipal projects," Al Falasi said.
The first farmer on turn starts to irrigate his land according to his portion time (the simultaneous water coming down from the spring into the pool) and his share "ma'doud" of water reserved in the pool during the night.
It has high water application efficiency, can irrigate irregular shaped fields without proper land leveling, as is necessary in case of basin, border and furrow irrigation methods.
Currently, according to the institute 38,000 hectares of land are regularly irrigated, and there is a need to irrigate in a regular manner 400,000 hectares that is ten times more than what has been irrigated.
In the early 1950s, working out of his blacksmith shop in Lindsay, NE, he developed a series of innovative irrigation products allowing farmers to irrigate tall corn with less labor.