What does impregnate mean?

Definitions for impregnate
ɪmˈprɛg neɪt; -nɪt, -neɪtim·preg·nate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. impregnate, infuse, instill, tinctureverb

    fill, as with a certain quality

    "The heavy traffic tinctures the air with carbon monoxide"

  2. impregnate, saturateverb

    infuse or fill completely

    "Impregnate the cloth with alcohol"

  3. impregnateverb

    fertilize and cause to grow

    "the egg was impregnated"

  4. impregnate, knock up, bang up, prang upverb

    make pregnant

    "He impregnated his wife again"


  1. impregnateverb

    To cause to become pregnant.

  2. impregnateverb

    To fertilize.

  3. impregnateverb

    To saturate, or infuse.

  4. impregnateverb

    To fill pores or spaces with a substance.

    It is recommended to impregnate new shoes before wearing them.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Impregnateverb

    Etymology: in and prægno, Latin.

    Hermaphrodites, although they include the parts of both sexes, cannot impregnate themselves. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Err.

    Impregnate, from their loins they shed
    A slimy juice. John Dryden, Virg. Georg.

    With native earth their blood the monsters mix'd;
    The blood, endu'd with animating heat,
    Did in the impregnate earth new sons beget. Dryden.

    Christianity is of so prolifick a nature, so apt to impregnate the hearts and lives of its proselytes, that it is hard to imagine that any branch should want a due fertility. Decay of Piety.


  1. impregnate

    Fertilisation or fertilization (see spelling differences), also known as generative fertilisation, syngamy and impregnation, is the fusion of gametes to give rise to a new individual organism or offspring and initiate its development. While processes such as insemination or pollination which happen before the fusion of gametes are also sometimes informally referred to as fertilisation, these are technically separate processes. The cycle of fertilisation and development of new individuals is called sexual reproduction. During double fertilisation in angiosperms the haploid male gamete combines with two haploid polar nuclei to form a triploid primary endosperm nucleus by the process of vegetative fertilisation.


  1. impregnate

    Impregnate has two general meanings depending on the context in which it is used. 1. In biology, it means to fertilize an egg cell of a female animal or woman in order to create offspring, typically through sexual reproduction. 2. In a more general context, it refers to the action of saturating or infusing something with a substance. For example, you can impregnate a cloth with oil or a piece of wood with preservative chemicals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impregnateverb

    to make pregnant; to cause to conceive; to render prolific; to get with child or young

  2. Impregnateverb

    to come into contact with (an ovum or egg) so as to cause impregnation; to fertilize; to fecundate

  3. Impregnateverb

    to infuse an active principle into; to render fruitful or fertile in any way; to fertilize; to imbue

  4. Impregnateverb

    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

  5. Impregnateverb

    to become pregnant

  6. Impregnateadjective

    impregnated; made prolific

  7. Etymology: [LL. impraegnatus, p. p.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Impregnate

    im-preg′nāt, v.t. to make pregnant: to impart the particles or qualities of one thing to another: saturate.—n. Impregnā′tion, the act of impregnating: that with which anything is impregnated. [Low L. imprægnāre, -ātumin, in, prægnans, pregnant.]

Editors Contribution

  1. impregnate

    Cause to become pregnant.

    The bull did impregnate the cattle efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 28, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impregnate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impregnate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of impregnate in a Sentence

  1. Paul LePage:

    These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty, these types of guys. They come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, and they go back home, incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue that we've got to deal with down the road.

  2. Maine Gov. Paul LePage:

    These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty, they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, then they go back home. Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave.

  3. Oliver Hall:

    Doctors don't have a lot of knowledge about trans bodies, and that's where we might get people being misinformed about the risk of pregnancy on [ hormone replacement therapy ], or even people who are on estrogen or on hormone blockers are sometimes misinformed about their ability to impregnate, that's the result of institutional transphobia not prioritizing knowledge about trans bodies.

  4. Heather Lydia Thornhill:

    If you became God would you impregnate God?

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  • zbouchnoutCzech
  • imprägnieren, schwängernGerman
  • gravedigiEsperanto
  • lannoittaa, täyttää, siittää, hedelmöittää, ravita, kyllästääFinnish
  • féconder, imprégner de, inséminer, imbiber, engrosser, enceinter, [[rendre]] [[enceinte]], mettre enceinteFrench
  • toirchighIrish
  • teherbe ejt, termékenyít, termékennyé tesz, megtermékenyítHungarian
  • inseminare, fecondare, impregnare, ingravidare, pigmentare, permeare, mettere incintaItalian
  • emprenhar, engravidar, permear, impregnarPortuguese
  • [[де́лать]] [[беременная, [[сде́лать]] [[беременнаяRussian
  • impregnera, befruktaSwedish
  • döllemek, emdirmek, doyurmak, tohumlamak, emprenye etmek, hamile bırakmak, yedirmek, sugeçirmez yapmakTurkish
  • بدمعاشUrdu

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