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."

Definitions of impregnate
  1. verb
    make pregnant
    synonyms: bang up
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    fecundate, fertilise, fertilize, inseminate
    introduce semen into (a female)
  2. verb
    fertilize and cause to grow
    “the egg was impregnated
    Synonyms:
    bang up
    make pregnant
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    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)
  3. verb
    infuse or fill completely
    synonyms: saturate
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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
  4. verb
    fill, as with a certain quality
    synonyms: infuse, instill, tincture
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    type of:
    fill, fill up, make full
    make full, also in a metaphorical sense
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