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1(of a woman or female animal) having a child or young developing in the uterus:‘she was heavily pregnant with her second child’‘she was six months pregnant’
expecting a baby, having a baby, with a baby on the way, having a child, expectant, carrying a childView synonyms
- ‘Quinine alone is recommended now only for pregnant women, for whom no satisfactory alternatives exist.’
- ‘The Department of Health advises pregnant women, to eat according to their appetite and to keep an eye on weight gain.’
- ‘Midwives and pregnant women said that they found the booklets used in the intervention acceptable.’
- ‘Back at the centre there is a call from a young pregnant woman requiring telephone advice.’
- ‘My problem now is that my youngest daughter is pregnant and she and her partner are getting married next year.’
- ‘All pregnant women, whatever their age, should be offered screening before 20 weeks.’
- ‘The practice of screening all pregnant women for syphilis in every pregnancy should continue.’
- ‘Boys are immunised, too, so that they won't be a source of infection to non-immune pregnant women.’
- ‘The occurrence of pruritus in pregnant women should be the subject of routine inquiry, and when present acted on.’
- ‘Free fruit through a supermarket voucher scheme is also planned for pregnant women and for preschool children.’
- ‘Anti-inflammatory drugs are among the commonest drugs prescribed to pregnant women.’
- ‘Now she was pregnant, too young to be legally married, and some difficult decisions would have to be made.’
- ‘In the United Kingdom over a quarter of pregnant women who smoke continue to do so during pregnancy.’
- ‘A pregnant woman can transmit the infection to her baby during delivery.’
- ‘My wife and I were overjoyed when we did a pregnancy test confirming she was pregnant with our second child.’
2Full of meaning; significant or suggestive:‘a pregnant pause’‘a development pregnant with implications’
filled, charged, heavy, fraught, replete, teemingmeaningful, significant, eloquentView synonyms
- ‘This muteness is unsettling, somehow pregnant with infinite meaning and utterly devoid of any at all.’
- ‘There was a pregnant pause, and he continued, voice a little shaky.’
- ‘There was a pregnant pause, then Caitlin sighed sadly, reaching out to trace a finger over the figure on the screen.’
- ‘Fortunately, Shane comes to the rescue with a well timed pregnant pause - or is he asleep?’
- ‘There was the most pregnant of pauses as the camera panned along the faces in the panel.’
- ‘The direction perks up in the second half but overall allows too many pregnant pauses by the actors.’
- ‘What is left unsaid, is communicated through glances, silences and pregnant pauses.’
Late Middle English: from Latin praegnant-, probably from prae before + the base of gnasci be born.
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