Definition of fecundate in US English:



[with object]archaic
  • 1Fertilize.

    ‘there were no insects to fecundate flowering plants’
    • ‘They used to fecundate their palm-trees in order to make them more fruitful.’
    add fertilizer to, enrich with fertilizer, feed, mulch, compost, manure, dung, dress, top-dress
    impregnate, inseminate
    pollinate, cross-pollinate, cross-fertilize, make fruitful
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    1. 1.1literary Make fruitful.
      ‘he actuates and fecundates our souls’
      • ‘By 1784 he was describing in plaintive terms how the English were constantly making new discoveries: ‘The whole of nature is unceasingly studied, requested, worked upon, fecundated, husbanded.’’
      • ‘While McKinney's fecundating prose absolutely shimmers with style, his tendencies toward self-indulgence, exaggeration, and excess ultimately undo the volume's many promising strands of thought.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin fecundat- ‘made fruitful’, from the verb fecundare, from fecundus ‘fruitful’.