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Definition of "saturate" [sat•u•rate]

  • To imbue or impregnate thoroughly: "The recollection was saturated with sunshine” ( Vladimir Nabokov). See Synonyms at charge. (verb-transitive)
  • To soak, fill, or load to capacity. (verb-transitive)
  • Chemistry To cause (a substance) to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance. (verb-transitive)
  • Saturated. (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 "saturate" in a sentence
  • "My new strategy begins like the old, with "shock and awe," but this time let us "saturate" the cities and the villages of Yemen, not with explosives and incendiaries, but rather with food, potable water, clothing, medicines and even money."
  • "Leaving aside the fact that "saturate" could itself be categorized as an imprecise metaphor -- after all, language can presumably accommodate limitless metaphors -- there is, everywhere you look, heightened awareness of the extent to which our opinions, judgments and behavior are shaped by figurative linguistic concepts:"
  • "KURTZ: And in terms of that kind of saturate, Peggy Wehmeyer, I've had some Catholics say to me that there had been too much coverage of the pope."