What does pregnant mean?

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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.

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. World Health Organization:

    I'm concerned about sustained transmission because it would suggest that the virus (is) establishing itself and it could move into high risk groups including children, the immunocompromised and pregnant women.

  2. Meaney Delman:

    We now see increased numbers of pregnant people admitted to the ICU in July and August.

  3. The Fort Myers mother:

    I’m 20 weeks pregnant.

  4. Pramila Jayapal:

    Whether the choice to have an abortion is easy or hard, whether there are traumatic situations or not, none of that should be the issue, it is simply nobody's business what choices we as pregnant people make about our own bodies.

  5. Editha Assey:

    The new policy should take into consideration the vulnerability of these girls. There should be a legal mechanism to protect them, also penalties should be heftier to deter the culprits, not every single girl who falls pregnant got it consciously. Some of them were raped. So expelling them from school is like condemning them.

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    an attitude of irreverence or contempt for a divinity
    • A. collation
    • B. tithe
    • C. meerschaum
    • D. profaneness

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