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pro·cre·ate

 (prō′krē-āt′)
v. pro·cre·at·ed, pro·cre·at·ing, pro·cre·ates
v.intr.
To produce offspring; reproduce.
v.tr.
To produce (offspring); reproduce.

[Latin prōcreāre, prōcreāt- : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + creāre, to create; see ker-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

pro′cre·ant (-ənt) adj.
pro′cre·a′tion n.
pro′cre·a′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.procreation - the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspringprocreation - the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring
sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice - activities associated with sexual intercourse; "they had sex in the back seat"
miscegenation, crossbreeding, interbreeding - reproduction by parents of different races (especially by white and non-white persons)
multiplication, propagation, generation - the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production

procreation

noun
The process by which an organism produces others of its kind:
Obsolete: increase.
Translations
lisääntyminen
出産増殖

procreation

[ˌprəʊkrɪˈeɪʃən] Nprocreación f

procreation

[ˌprəʊkriˈeɪʃən] nprocréation fProcurator Fiscal [ˌprɒkjʊreɪtərˈfɪskəl] n (Scottish)procureur(e) m/f (de la République)

procreation

nZeugung f, → Fortpflanzung f; (of species)Fortpflanzung f

procreation

[ˌprəʊkrɪˈeɪʃn] nprocreazione f

pro·cre·a·tion

n. procreación, reproducción.
References in classic literature ?
Neither her out-side formd so fair, nor aught In procreation common to all kindes (Though higher of the genial Bed by far, And with mysterious reverence I deem) So much delights me, as those graceful acts, Those thousand decencies that daily flow From all her words and actions, mixt with Love And sweet compliance, which declare unfeign'd Union of Mind, or in us both one Soule; Harmonie to behold in wedded pair More grateful then harmonious sound to the eare.
a Spaceland critic may ask: "Is not the procreation of a Square Son a certificate from Nature herself, proving the Equal-sidedness of the Father?
Cold, cunning, calculating; he was, also, in marked contrast to most of his fellows, a slave to that brute passion which the waning demands for procreation upon their dying planet has almost stilled in the Martian breast.
How the workers have been rendered sterile is a difficulty; but not much greater than that of any other striking modification of structure; for it can be shown that some insects and other articulate animals in a state of nature occasionally become sterile; and if such insects had been social, and it had been profitable to the community that a number should have been annually born capable of work, but incapable of procreation, I can see no very great difficulty in this being effected by natural selection.
Education, I said, and nurture: If our citizens are well educated, and grow into sensible men, they will easily see their way through all these, as well as other matters which I omit; such, for example, as marriage, the possession of women and the procreation of children, which will all follow the general principle that friends have all things in common, as the proverb says.
And also in discerning do I feel only my will's procreating and evolving delight; and if there be innocence in my knowledge, it is because there is will to procreation in it.
Thou who didst from the beginning create male and female," the priest read after the exchange of rings, "from Thee woman was given to man to be a helpmeet to him, and for the procreation of children.
Contract notice: Drug supply for medically assisted procreation.
Personnes souffrant d'infertilite ou de difficultes de procreation
Instead Dr Doran argued "the unique relationship between marriage and procreation would disappear completely".
Augustine in the fourth century claimed that spouses had to intend procreation when they had marital relations.
L'assistance medicale a la procreation, le prelevement d'organes humains, ainsi que la creation d'un conseil de bioethique pour la prise en charge des questions morales sont les premiers chapitres du projet de loi relatif a la sante rendus publics, hier.