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Definition of "impregnate" [im•preg•nate]

  • To make pregnant; inseminate. (verb-transitive)
  • To fertilize (an ovum, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • To fill throughout; saturate: a cotton wad that was impregnated with ether. (verb-transitive)
  • To permeate or imbue: impregnate a speech with optimism. See Synonyms at charge. (verb-transitive)
  • Saturated or filled. (adjective)

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 "impregnate" in a sentence
  • "We have sailed out of sight of the old continent of coarse thinking, and are sailing a sea where purity of thought and expression impregnate the air like odors."
  • "Tripod's voiceover calmly discusses the necessity of trying to "impregnate" this girl, who's treated as a test subject, and the scene where Tripod begins stripping while the girl watches, coloring pictures on the floor, is unbelievably creepy and queasy."
  • ""impregnate" as you insinuate that I'm a redneck, rheaume."