impregnate
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ɪmˈpɹɛɡneɪt/
Verb

impregnate (impregnates, present participle impregnating; past and past participle impregnated)

  1. (transitive) To cause to become pregnant.
    I was impregnated at a clinic but don't know who the sperm donor is.
    Synonyms: knock up, inseminate, cover (of animals)
  2. (transitive) To fertilize.
  3. (transitive) To saturate, or infuse.
    • 1791, John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary […] , London: Sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinſon, Paternoſter Row; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, OCLC 37805775 ↗, page 498:
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  4. (transitive) To fill pores or spaces with a substance.
    • 1937, Hugh Bertie Campbell Pollard, The mystery of scent (page 121)
      It takes a little time for the personal fatty acids to impregnate new shoes or boots, but from the scent point of view leather is a sponge, and the personal scent is left.
  5. (intransitive, dated) To become pregnant.
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