Definition of Impregnate

1. Verb. Fill, as with a certain quality. "The heavy traffic tinctures the air with carbon monoxide"

Exact synonyms: Infuse, Instill, Tincture
Generic synonyms: Fill, Fill Up, Make Full
Derivative terms: Infusion

2. Verb. Infuse or fill completely. "They impregnate the cloth with water and alcohol"; "Impregnate the cloth with alcohol"
Exact synonyms: Saturate
Specialized synonyms: Medicate, Alcoholise, Alcoholize, Imbue, Soak, Ammonify, Thoriate, Stuff, Charge, Drench, Imbrue
Generic synonyms: Fill, Fill Up, Make Full
Derivative terms: Impregnation

3. Verb. Fertilize and cause to grow. "The egg was impregnated"
Generic synonyms: Fecundate, Fertilise, Fertilize, Inseminate
Related verbs: Bang Up, Knock Up, Prang Up
Specialized synonyms: Inoculate
Derivative terms: Impregnation

4. Verb. Make pregnant. "He impregnated his wife again"
Exact synonyms: Bang Up, Knock Up, Prang Up
Generic synonyms: Fecundate, Fertilise, Fertilize, Inseminate
Derivative terms: Impregnation

Definition of Impregnate

1. v. t. To make pregnant; to cause to conceive; to render prolific; to get with child or young.

2. v. i. To become pregnant.

3. a. Impregnated; made prolific.

Definition of Impregnate

1. Verb. (transitive) To cause to become pregnant. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To fertilize. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To saturate, or infuse. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To fill pores or spaces with a substance. ¹

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Medical Definition of Impregnate

1. Impregnated; made prolific. "The scorching ray Here pierceth not, impregnate with disease." (Byron) Origin: LL. Impraegnatus, p. P. 1. To make pregnant; to cause to conceive; to render prolific; to get with child or young. 2. To come into contact with (an ovum or egg) so as to cause impregnation; to fertilize; to fecundate. 3. To infuse an active principle into; to render frutful or fertile in any way; to fertilize; to imbue. 4. To infuse particles of another substance into; to communicate the quality of another to; to cause to be filled, imbued, mixed, or furnished (with something); as, to impregnate India rubber with sulphur; clothing impregnated with contagion; rock impregnated with ore. Origin: LL. Impraegnatus, p. P. Of impraegnare to impregnate, fr. L. Pref. Im- in + praegnans pregnant. See Pregnant. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Impregnate

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

1. Abstracts of the Papers Printed in the Philosophical Transactions of the by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1833)
"... Worm, which impregnate themselves; though the last from copulating, appear mutually to impregnate one another. By Sir Everard Home, Bart. ..."

2. The Poetical Works of John Dryden by John Dryden (1909)
"... and with incense load, To bless the show'ry seed with future life, And to impregnate the well-labor'd wife. In vain they weary Heav'n with prayer, ..."

3. The Traffic Library: Principles of Classification by American Commerce Association (1920)
"Acceptance and Loading of Freight Liable to impregnate Cars or Other Freight. Such freight as green hides, fertilizers, different kinds of refuse, oils, ..."

4. The Literary Diary of Ezra Stiles: Ed. Under the Authority of the by Ezra Stiles (1901)
"The good Lord accompany with a Blessing my Endeavors to impregnate the Minds of my Pupils with doctrinal & experimental Knowledge in divine and heavenly ..."

5. The Natural History of Pliny by Pliny, John Bostock, Henry Thomas Riley (1890)
"On the thirtieth day it opens the hole, and leads its young to the water. CHAP. 77. (52.) FISHES WHICH HAVE A WOMB ; THOSE WHICH impregnate THEMSELVES. ..."

6. A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia: With Figures of All the Species by Charles ( Darwin (1851)
"... semen to impregnate the ova of the female, but the ova surprising that so small a male should secrete sufficient are not nearly so numerous in Ibla as ..."

7. A complete dictionary of the English languageby Thomas Sheridan by Thomas Sheridan (1797)
"... va To impregnate» to fecundate. Not ufed. IMPROPER, Im-prop'-pur. a. Not well adapted, unqualified ; unfit, not conducive to the right end ..."

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