impregnate

Use the verb impregnate to describe what happens when a male of any animal species makes a female pregnant. Human fathers impregnate mothers — otherwise, they would not become fathers.

When dog breeders mate two German shepherds, they hope that the male will impregnate the female, or make her pregnant. When your cat has kittens, it's because the neighbor's cat impregnated her several months earlier. The Latin root, impraegnare, comes from in, "into," and praegnare, "pregnant."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: impregnate

1
v
make pregnant
2
v
infuse or fill completely
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: impregnate
1

v make pregnant

“He impregnated his wife again”
Synonyms:
bang up, knock up, prang up
Type of:
fecundate, fertilise, fertilize, inseminate
introduce semen into (a female)

v fertilize and cause to grow

“the egg was impregnated
Synonyms
bang up, knock up, prang up
make pregnant
Types:
inoculate
impregnate with the virus or germ of a disease in order to render immune
Type of:
fecundate, fertilise, fertilize, inseminate
introduce semen into (a female)
2

v infuse or fill completely

Impregnate the cloth with alcohol”
Synonyms:
saturate
Types:
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medicate
impregnate with a medicinal substance
alcoholise, alcoholize
treat or infuse with alcohol
imbue, soak
fill, soak, or imbue totally
ammonify
treat with ammonia; cause to undergo ammonification
thoriate
impregnate with thorium oxide to increase thermionic emission
stuff
treat with grease, fill, and prepare for mounting
charge
saturate
drench, imbrue
permeate or impregnate
infuse, steep
let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse
brew
sit or let sit in boiling water so as to extract the flavor
Type of:
fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense

v fill, as with a certain quality

Synonyms:
infuse, instill, tincture
Type of:
fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense
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