Definition of impregnate in English:



  • 1Soak or saturate (something) with a substance.

    ‘wood which had been impregnated with preservative’
    • ‘The smell of urine so deeply impregnated the furnishings and floors of the dayrooms that it seemed ineradicable (not that anyone tried to eradicate it).’
    • ‘Leonardo impregnated them with wax, stripped away the surrounding tissue and superbly illustrated their shape.’
    • ‘They checked and purported to control how asbestos was removed from site and ensured that asbestos impregnated clothing was dealt with so as not to spread asbestos’
    • ‘She was thoroughly impregnated, inside and outside, upside and down, and in every direction, with that perfume.’
    • ‘The main problem now for the scientists is how best to impregnate the rock with the chemicals meant to prevent the widening of large cracks that are forming rapidly.’
    • ‘Dr John Harrison, a climate expert from the University of Stirling, says crops will fail before the land is flooded as salt impregnates the soil.’
    • ‘The smell when I open my fiddle case - years of tobacco smoke from thousands of gigs in Irish pubs are impregnated in the wood, along with the smell of rosin and the odd spilled whiskey.’
    • ‘The seeds were then cut in half longitudinally and deposited on a sterile Whatman No.1 filter paper impregnated with 1% tetrazolium chloride.’
    • ‘The roof leaks, the walls are impregnated with damp and the buttresses are crumbling.’
    • ‘I'm sure there isn't a non-smoker among us who hasn't wretched as they've been engulfed in a plume of smoke from someone walking past, the fumes impregnating their clothes and hair with that familiar stale smell.’
    • ‘The total amount of lignin impregnated onto the filter paper comprised approximately 30% of the weight of the sheet in order to mimic the lignin content in mechanical pulp papers.’
    • ‘Boil water vigorously or disinfect it with iodine; portable filters impregnated with resins, sold at camping stores, are another option.’
    • ‘The mask is impregnated with ginseng, vitamin E, aloe vera and green tea.’
    • ‘So he spent the next seven years inventing a system of chemically impregnated paper strips that when rubbed together made a cracking noise.’
    infuse, soak, steep, saturate, drench
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    1. 1.1Fill with a feeling or quality.
      ‘an atmosphere impregnated with tension’
      • ‘Rather than receding, the hunger to recall what's passed imbues meaning in everything, animating the inanimate, impregnating empty space, and bending time.’
      • ‘It was just really impregnated with this horrible, horrible atmosphere.’
  • 2Make (a woman or female animal) pregnant.

    ‘he was obliged to marry the woman he'd impregnated’
    • ‘She develops over the winter inside a female flower, and is impregnated by the male in the spring.’
    • ‘Toronto Zoo gave their chameleon to Sofia Zoo as a sign of gratitude for the female hippopotamus sent to impregnate a Toronto Zoo hippopotamus last year.’
    • ‘Very few bulls remain to impregnate cows, making inbreeding a pressing concern.’
    • ‘Through brute force, he impregnates Celie twice and takes the babies away in the forest where he plans to kill them.’
    • ‘At 15 she qualified to live by herself under state care, and it was while she was living in a Surrey duplex that she was impregnated.’
    • ‘But the real winner is stud fees: It is estimated that the horse could make some US $80 million annually impregnating mares for the next few years.’
    • ‘Surely, a man encountered Agnes and impregnated her, and scared, Agnes kept quiet until the fateful night.’
    • ‘The schoolteacher she dotes on impregnates her and leaves for England.’
    • ‘Peter aggressively pursues Misty, marries her, hauls her back to Waytansea Island and impregnates her.’
    • ‘This partner would impregnate her and, thus, contribute his genetic material to the next generation.’
    • ‘Scorning marriage, she drafted a body builder to impregnate her before casting him aside as irrelevant to her new role as liberated mother-artiste.’
    • ‘One day, a shower of gold fell through the opening and Zeus impregnated her with a son who would be named Perseus.’
    • ‘His wife, determined to have a child at any cost, demands that he impregnate her - even though it will bring about seroconversion and risk the creation of an HIV-infected offspring.’
    • ‘Within 60 days, the cow will be impregnated again.’
    • ‘One study found that, among pregnant 15-year-olds, 40% had been impregnated by a man who was at least 20 years old.’
    • ‘Another common legend claims that fairies would abduct women to be impregnated and bear children for the fairy race.’
    • ‘Fourteen males reported that they had impregnated a female, and one reported having one or more children.’
    • ‘As parents, what do you do if your beloved daughter was found pregnant or your son had impregnated someone?’
    • ‘Out of work, and desperate for cash, Armstrong receives an offer from his ex-girlfriend, Fatima, that if he impregnates her, she will pay him handsomely.’
    • ‘Jake sat for a moment, and stared at Amy's stomach, he couldn't pick a moment for sure that he had impregnated her, but he knew it had to be him.’
    make pregnant, get pregnant, inseminate, fertilize
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    1. 2.1Biology
      Fertilize (an ovum).
      • ‘There are thousands of millions of sperms that never impregnate eggs.’
      • ‘Abortion, or miscarriage, implies the premature expulsion of the contents of the impregnated Uterus.’


Early 17th century (in the sense ‘fill’; earlier ( Middle English) as impregnation): from late Latin impregnat- made pregnant, from the verb impregnare.