saturate

The verb saturate means to cause something to be fully soaked to the point where it can't take on anything else. A heavy rainstorm can saturate the ground, leaving puddles on the lawn because no more water can be absorbed.

The word saturate comes from the Latin word saturatus, meaning "to fill full, sate, drench." Saturate is often used to describe the aftermath of a big rainstorm, but other things can be saturated as well. If you're a workaholic, you might saturate all your free time with work, leaving no time to spend with your family. In chemistry, saturate describes causing one substance, like a solution, to take on the greatest amount of another substance.

Definitions of saturate
  1. verb
    infuse or fill completely
    synonyms: impregnate
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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
  2. verb
    cause (a chemical compound, vapour, solution, magnetic material) to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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