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Definition of "germinate" []

  • To cause to sprout or grow. (verb-transitive)
  • To begin to sprout or grow. (verb-intransitive)
  • To come into existence: An idea germinated in his mind. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "germinate" in a sentence
  • "Hope it makes seeds that will germinate, that is step one."
  • "Although the exemption extends through June, growers planning to use Prowl H2O on pastures and hay meadows should plan to get it applied before sandburs begin to germinate, which is likely to occur by early April."
  • "Some spores may take up to 60 days to germinate, meaning to actually release some of the toxins that cause the symptoms."