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



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

  1. (transitive) To cause to become pregnant.
    I was impregnated at a clinic but don't know who the sperm donor is.
  2. (transitive) To fertilize.
  3. (transitive) To saturate, or infuse.
  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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