impregnate

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Earlier impregn, from Middle French imprégner, from Old French enpreignier.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈpɹɛɡneɪt/
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VerbEdit

impregnate (third-person singular simple present impregnates, present participle impregnating, simple past and past participle impregnated)

  1. (transitive) To cause to become pregnant.
    Synonyms: knock up, inseminate, (of animals) cover
    I was impregnated at a clinic but don't know who the sperm donor is.
    • 1903 [1901], Maurice Maeterlinck, Alfred Sutro, transl., The Life of the Bee, New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company, page 264:
      The queen at their head, the representative of the future, has not yet been impregnated. Their entire destiny depends on the ensuing nuptial flight.
  2. (transitive) To fertilize.
  3. (transitive) To saturate, or infuse.
    • 1791, John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary [] [1], London: Sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinſon, Paternoſter Row; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, OCLC 37805775, page 498:
      To Tartarize, ta²r'ta⁴r-i¹ze, v. a.
      To impregnate with tartar.
    • 1833, Charles Lyell, Principles of Geology, volume III, book IV, page 322:
      We find those charæ which secrete the largest quantity of calcareous matter in their stems to abound near springs impregnated with carbonate of lime.
  4. (transitive) To fill pores or spaces with a substance.
    • 1937, Hugh Bertie Campbell Pollard, The mystery of scent (page 121)
      It takes a little time for the personal fatty acids to impregnate new shoes or boots, but from the scent point of view leather is a sponge, and the personal scent is left.
  5. (intransitive, dated) To become pregnant.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Addison to this entry?)

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VerbEdit

impregnate

  1. inflection of impregnare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative
  2. feminine plural of the past participle of impregnare

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