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tr.v. im·preg·nat·ed, im·preg·nat·ing, im·preg·nates
1. To make pregnant; inseminate.
2. To fertilize (an ovum, for example).
3. To fill throughout; saturate: a cotton wad that was impregnated with ether.
4. To permeate or imbue: impregnate a speech with optimism.
adj. (also -nĭt)
Saturated or filled.
[Probably from Late Latin impraegnātus, pregnant : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin praegnātus, variant of praegnās, pregnant; see pregnant1.]
1. to saturate, soak, or infuse: to impregnate a cloth with detergent.
2. to imbue or permeate; pervade
3. to cause to conceive; make pregnant
4. (Zoology) to fertilize (an ovum)
5. (Agriculture) to make (land, soil, etc) fruitful
pregnant or fertilized
[C17: from Late Latin impraegnāre to make pregnant, from Latin im- in-2 + praegnans pregnant]
im•preg•nate(v. ɪmˈprɛg neɪt; adj. -nɪt, -neɪt)
v. -nat•ed, -nat•ing,
1. to make pregnant.
2. to fertilize.
3. to cause to become permeated throughout: to impregnate a handkerchief with perfume.
4. to fill interstices of with a substance.adj.
[1535–45; < Late Latin impraegnātus, past participle of impraegnāre to fertilize, impregnate]
Past participle: impregnated
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|Verb||1.||impregnate - fill, as with a certain quality; "The heavy traffic tinctures the air with carbon monoxide"|
|2.||impregnate - infuse or fill completely; "Impregnate the cloth with alcohol"|
medicate - impregnate with a medicinal substance
alcoholise, alcoholize - treat or infuse with alcohol; "alcoholize the fruit and let them sit in the refrigerator"
fill, fill up, make full - make full, also in a metaphorical sense; "fill a container"; "fill the child with pride"
ammonify - treat with ammonia; cause to undergo ammonification
thoriate - impregnate with thorium oxide to increase thermionic emission
stuff - treat with grease, fill, and prepare for mounting; "stuff a bearskin"
charge - saturate; "The room was charged with tension and anxiety"
|3.||impregnate - fertilize and cause to grow; "the egg was impregnated"|
inoculate - impregnate with the virus or germ of a disease in order to render immune
|4.||impregnate - make pregnant; "He impregnated his wife again"|
impregnate - fertilize and cause to grow; "the egg was impregnated"
n. impregnar; saturar.