What does Pregnant mean?

Definitions for Pregnant
ˈprɛg nəntpreg·nant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pregnantadjective

    carrying developing offspring within the body or being about to produce new life

  2. meaning(a), pregnant, significantadjective

    rich in significance or implication

    "a meaning look"

  3. fraught(p), pregnantadjective

    filled with or attended with

    "words fraught with meaning"; "an incident fraught with danger"; "a silence pregnant with suspense"


  1. pregnantadjective

    Carrying developing offspring within the body.

    I went to the doctor and, guess what, we're pregnant!

  2. pregnantadjective

    Having numerous possibilities or implications.

  3. pregnantadjective

    Fertile, prolific (usually of soil, ground etc.).

  4. Etymology: (compare archaic Modern French prégnant), from Classical praegnans, variant of praegnas, probably from prae- + gnasci.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PREGNANTadjective

    Etymology: pregnant, Fr. prægnans, Lat.

    Dove-like sat’st brooding on the vast abyss,
    And mad’st it pregnant. John Milton.

    His town, as fame reports, was built of old
    By Danae, pregnant with almighty gold. Dryden.

    Through either ocean, foolish man!
    That pregnant word sent forth again,
    Might to a world extend each atom there,
    For every drop call forth a sea, a heav’n for ev’ry star. Pri.

    All these in their pregnant causes mixt. John Milton.

    Call the floods from high, to rush amain
    With pregnant streams, to swell the teeming grain. Dryden.

    These knew not the just motives and pregnant grounds, with which I thought myself furnished. Charles I .

    An egregious and pregnant instance how far virtue surpasses ingenuity. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.

    O detestable, passive obedience! did I ever imagine I should become thy votary in so pregnant an instance. Arb.

    This granted, as it is a most pregnant and unforc’d position, who stands so eminent in the degree of this fortune as Cassio? a knave very voluble. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Were’t not that we stand up against them all,
    ’Twere pregnant, they should square between themselves. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.

    A most poor man made tame to fortune’s blows,
    Who by the art of known and feeling sorrows,
    Am pregnant to good pity. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    My matter hath no voice, but to your own most pregnant and vouchsafed ear. William Shakespeare.


  1. pregnant

    Pregnancy is the time during which one or more offspring develops (gestates) inside a woman's uterus (womb). A multiple pregnancy involves more than one offspring, such as with twins.Pregnancy usually occurs by sexual intercourse, but can also occur through assisted reproductive technology procedures. A pregnancy may end in a live birth, a miscarriage, an induced abortion, or a stillbirth. Childbirth typically occurs around 40 weeks from the start of the last menstrual period (LMP), a span known as the gestational age. This is just over nine months. Counting by fertilization age, the length is about 38 weeks. Pregnancy is "the presence of an implanted human embryo or fetus in the uterus"; implantation occurs on average 8–9 days after fertilization. An embryo is the term for the developing offspring during the first seven weeks following implantation (i.e. ten weeks' gestational age), after which the term fetus is used until birth.Signs and symptoms of early pregnancy may include missed periods, tender breasts, morning sickness (nausea and vomiting), hunger, implantation bleeding, and frequent urination. Pregnancy may be confirmed with a pregnancy test. Methods of birth control—or, more accurately, contraception—are used to avoid pregnancy. Pregnancy is divided into three trimesters of approximately three months each. The first trimester includes conception, which is when the sperm fertilizes the egg. The fertilized egg then travels down the Fallopian tube and attaches to the inside of the uterus, where it begins to form the embryo and placenta. During the first trimester, the possibility of miscarriage (natural death of embryo or fetus) is at its highest. Around the middle of the second trimester, movement of the fetus may be felt. At 28 weeks, more than 90% of babies can survive outside of the uterus if provided with high-quality medical care, though babies born at this time will likely experience serious health complications such as heart and respiratory problems and long-term intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prenatal care improves pregnancy outcomes. Nutrition during pregnancy is important to ensure healthy growth of the fetus. Prenatal care may also include avoiding drugs, tobacco smoking, and alcohol, taking regular exercise, having blood tests, and regular physical examinations. Complications of pregnancy may include disorders of high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, iron-deficiency anemia, and severe nausea and vomiting. In the ideal childbirth, labor begins on its own "at term". Babies born before 37 weeks are "preterm" and at higher risk of health problems such as cerebral palsy. Babies born between weeks 37 and 39 are considered "early term" while those born between weeks 39 and 41 are considered "full term". Babies born between weeks 41 and 42 weeks are considered "late term" while after 42 weeks they are considered "post term". Delivery before 39 weeks by labor induction or caesarean section is not recommended unless required for other medical reasons.About 213 million pregnancies occurred in 2012, of which, 190 million (89%) were in the developing world and 23 million (11%) were in the developed world. The number of pregnancies in women aged between 15 and 44 is 133 per 1,000 women. About 10% to 15% of recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage. In 2016, complications of pregnancy resulted in 230,600 maternal deaths, down from 377,000 deaths in 1990. Common causes include bleeding, infections, hypertensive diseases of pregnancy, obstructed labor, miscarriage, abortion, or ectopic pregnancy. Globally, 44% of pregnancies are unplanned. Over half (56%) of unplanned pregnancies are aborted. Among unintended pregnancies in the United States, 60% of the women used birth control to some extent during the month pregnancy began.


  1. pregnant

    Pregnant refers to the state or condition in which a female, whether human or animal, carries an offspring or embryos in her womb after conception, which is expected to result in the birth of a baby or babies. The term is typically used in the period from conception to childbirth. It can also metaphorically refer to being full or teeming with something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pregnantadjective

    being with young, as a female; having conceived; great with young; breeding; teeming; gravid; preparing to bring forth

  2. Pregnantadjective

    heavy with important contents, significance, or issue; full of consequence or results; weighty; as, pregnant replies

  3. Pregnantadjective

    full of promise; abounding in ability, resources, etc.; as, a pregnant youth

  4. Pregnantnoun

    a pregnant woman

  5. Pregnantadjective

    affording entrance; receptive; yielding; willing; open; prompt

  6. Etymology: [L. praegnans, -antis; prae before + genere, gignere, to beget: cf. F. prgnant. See Gender, 2d Kin.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pregnant

    preg′nant, adj. being with child or young: fruitful: abounding with results: full of meaning: implying more than is actually expressed: ready-witted: clever: ingenious: full of promise: free: evident: clear.—n. Preg′nancy, state of being pregnant: fertility: unusual capacity.—adv. Preg′nantly. [O. Fr.—L. prægnans, -antis.]

Editors Contribution

  1. pregnant

    To have a developing foetus in the womb.

    They were delighted she was pregnant as they both chose to have a child.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 30, 2019  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Pregnant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4334

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Pregnant' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2993

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Pregnant' in Adjectives Frequency: #559

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pregnant in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pregnant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Pregnant in a Sentence

  1. Jeffrey Howard:

    One of the main messages, I think, from this is really that there’s a much bigger societal problem facing pregnant women and new mothers who are in that postpartum period where, you know, that’s a very stressful time of life. What this points to is that there’s particular vulnerability in this population to some of these other social factors.

  2. Gina Rodriguez:

    But if you’re pregnant….'Excuse me sir we’re really hungry,'.

  3. The CDC:

    People who currently have shingles, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, should wait to get Shingrix.

  4. Jana Kramer:

    It’s sad because when you find out you’re pregnant it’s so exciting and you want to shout it and tell everybody but you don’t because of stuff like this. Instead, you’re left alone with this feeling of being so alone.

  5. Joan Matji:

    There's an intergenerational cycle of malnutrition, young girls get married or have their sexual debut, fall pregnant and they are still children themselves.

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