• IPA: /ˈsætʃəˌɹeɪt/

saturate (saturates, present participle saturating; past and past participle saturated)

  1. To cause to become completely impregnated, or soaked (especially with a liquid).
    • 1815, in the Annals of Philosophy, volume 6, page 332:
      Suppose, on the contrary, that a piece of charcoal saturated with hydrogen gas is put into a receiver filled with carbonic acid gas, […]
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 12, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
    Rain saturated their clothes.
    After walking home in the driving rain, his clothes were saturated.
  2. (figurative) To fill to excess.
    Modern television is saturated with violence.
  3. To satisfy the affinity of; to cause a substance to become inert by chemical combination with all that it can hold.
    One can saturate phosphorus with chlorine.
  4. (optics) To render pure, or of a colour free from white light.
Translations Translations Noun

saturate (plural saturates)

  1. (chemistry) Something saturated, especially a saturated fat.
    • 1999, Tom Brody, Nutritional Biochemistry, Academic Press (ISBN 9780121348366), page 363
      Through formation of a double bond, stearic acid (18:0), a saturate, is converted to acid (18:1), a monounsaturate.


  1. Saturated; wet.
  2. (entomology) Very intense.
    saturate green

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