impregnate

impregnation, n.impregnator, n.impregnatory /im preg"neuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj.
v. /im preg"nayt, im"preg nayt'/; adj. /im preg"nit, -nayt/, v., impregnated, impregnating, adj.
v.t.
1. to make pregnant; get with child or young.
2. to fertilize.
3. to cause to be infused or permeated throughout, as with a substance; saturate: to impregnate a handkerchief with cheap perfume.
4. to fill interstices with a substance.
5. to furnish with some actuating or modifying element infused or introduced; imbue, infect; tincture.
adj.
6. impregnated.
[1535-45; < LL impraegnatus ptp. of impraegnare to fertilize, impregnate, equiv. to im- IM-1 + praegn- (see PREGNANT) + -atus -ATE1]
Syn. 3. permeate, infuse, penetrate.

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  • Impregnate — Im*preg nate ( n[asl]t), a. [LL. impraegnatus, p. p.] Impregnated; made prolific. [1913 Webster] The scorching ray Here pierceth not, impregnate with disease. Byron. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Impregnate — Im*preg nate ([i^]m*pr[e^]g n[=a]t), v. i. To become pregnant. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impregnate — index infuse, inject, inseminate, penetrate, permeate, pervade, plant (place firmly) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • impregnate — (v.) c.1600, from L.L. impraegnatus pregnant, pp. of impraegnare to render pregnant, from assimilated form of in into, in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + praegnare make pregnant (see PREGNANT (Cf. pregnant)). Earlier in same sense was impregn (1530s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • impregnate — 1 saturate, *permeate, pervade, penetrate, impenetrate, interpenetrate Analogous words: imbue, inoculate, ingrain, *infuse, suffuse, leaven: *enter, pierce, probe, penetrate 2 *soak, saturate, drench, steep, sop, waterlog Analogous words: immerse …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • impregnate — [v] infuse, fill; make pregnant charge, conceive, drench, fecundate, fertilize, imbrue, implant, inoculate, inseminate, leaven, overflow, percolate, permeate, pervade, procreate, produce, reproduce, saturate, seethe, soak, sodden, souse, steep,… …   New thesaurus

  • impregnate — ► VERB 1) (usu. be impregnated with) soak or saturate with a substance. 2) fill with a feeling or quality. 3) make pregnant. DERIVATIVES impregnation noun. ORIGIN Latin impregnare make pregnant …   English terms dictionary

  • impregnate — [im preg′nāt΄; ] for adj. [, im preg′nit, im preg′nāt΄] vt. impregnated, impregnating [< LL impraegnatus, pp. of impraegnare, to make pregnant < L in , in + praegnans, PREGNANT] 1. to fertilize (an ovum) 2. to make pregnant 3. to fertilize… …   English World dictionary

  • impregnate — v. (d; tr.) to impregnate with * * * [ ɪmpregneɪt] (d; tr.) to impregnate with …   Combinatory dictionary

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