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Definition of "pregnant" []

  • Carrying developing offspring within the body. (adjective)
  • Weighty or significant; full of meaning: a conversation occasionally punctuated by pregnant pauses. (adjective)
  • Of great or potentially great import, implication, or moment: "It was a politically pregnant time in Poland” ( New York). (adjective)
  • Filled or fraught; replete: "This was, from the Party's point of view, both deplorable in itself and pregnant with danger for the future” ( Robert Conquest). (adjective)
  • Having a profusion of ideas; creative or inventive. (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 "pregnant" in a sentence
  • "III. ii.66 (243,9) the pregnant hinges of the knee] I believe the sense of _pregnant_ in this place is, _quick, ready, prompt_."
  • "This was the "Powhatan" of the Indians; and no true lover of Virginia can cease to deplore the change which robbed this graceful stream of a title pregnant with all the associations of Indian valor and of the departed glory of their empire, and bestowed a name that can only recall a royal pedant and a timid despot!"
  • "So a woman who gets pregnant from a sexual assault can have the name of her rapist attached to the child?"