Definition of Germinate

1. Verb. Produce buds, branches, or germinate. "The potatoes sprouted"

Exact synonyms: Bourgeon, Burgeon Forth, Pullulate, Shoot, Sprout, Spud
Generic synonyms: Grow
Derivative terms: Germ, Germination, Pullulation, Shoot, Sprout, Sprout, Sprouting

2. Verb. Work out. "Did he germinate his major works over a short period of time?"; "We have developed a new theory of evolution"
Exact synonyms: Develop, Evolve
Generic synonyms: Create By Mental Act, Create Mentally
Related verbs: Develop
Derivative terms: Germ

3. Verb. Cause to grow or sprout. "The plentiful rain germinated my plants"
Generic synonyms: Grow
Related verbs: Bourgeon, Burgeon Forth, Pullulate, Shoot, Sprout, Spud
Derivative terms: Germination, Germination

Definition of Germinate

1. v. i. To sprout; to bud; to shoot; to begin to vegetate, as a plant or its seed; to begin to develop, as a germ.

2. v. t. To cause to sprout.

Definition of Germinate

1. Verb. To sprout or produce buds. ¹

2. Verb. To cause to grow. ¹

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Definition of Germinate


Medical Definition of Germinate

1. To sprout; to bud; to shoot; to begin to vegetate, as a plant or its seed; to begin to develop, as a germ. Origin: L. Germinatus, p. P. Of germinare to sprout, fr. Germen. See Germ. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Germinate

germinal disks
germinal epithelium
germinal localization
germinal matrix
germinal membrane
germinal mosaicism
germinal mutation
germinal pole
germinal rod
germinal streak
germinate (current term)
germinative layer
germinative layer of nail
germine acetates

Literary usage of Germinate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A First Report on the Relations Between Climates and Crops by Cleveland Abbe (1905)
"Such species can not flourish in cold countries, for if they do germinate there this happens too late in the springtime and they can not ripen their fruits ..."

2. The MAGAZINE of Horticulture, Botany, and All Useful Discoveries and (1860)
"germinate in 9 days : Marrow-fat peas. germinate in 10 days: ... germinate in 27 days: Potatoes. This table shows plainly, fays the German author, ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"Seeds of low vitality germinate much more slowly than seeds of high vitality. Seeds of low vitality are much more affected by unfavorable conditions than ..."

4. An Encyclopædia of Agriculture: Comprising the Theory and Practice of the by John Claudius Loudon (1826)
"For if seeds which naturally ROW themselves, germinate in different climates ... Adanson found that seeds which will germinate in the space of twelve hours ..."

5. The Suburban Horticulturist: Or, An Attempt to Teach the Science and by John Claudius Loudon (1842)
"Very old seeds will, however, sometimes germinate quickly by being steeped for some days in warm water ; and M. Hegel mentions an instance of this, ..."

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