Definition of procreate in US English:



[no object]
  • (of people or animals) produce young; reproduce.

    ‘species that procreate by copulation’
    • ‘A common argument against gay marriage is that marriage is for procreation and gay couples cannot procreate.’
    • ‘Even animals have their mates, although some just procreate and leave.’
    • ‘That aside from merely procreating, the mind feels the need to love, to be nurtured and touched.’
    • ‘Parenting is possibly an irrational vocation, but humanity keeps breeding and procreating.’
    • ‘Citing a pattern of negligence and drug abuse that has left a couple unable to care for their children, a judge in upstate New York last week barred the couple from procreating until they prove they can take care of their offspring.’
    • ‘The Rome-based gynaecologist first came to world attention after injecting sperm into the female egg to help men with very low sperm counts procreate.’
    • ‘The stork had just procreated and was spreading its wings over the helpless little creatures in the nest to protect them from the scorching late-June sun.’
    • ‘The clearing out of the infant nasal passages is not something I signed up for when I acted on my biological urge to procreate.’
    • ‘These friendly, sometimes unfriendly canines, wandered the streets and procreated freely and ate any scraps thrown onto the ground or stole the offerings laid out each morning.’
    • ‘The termination of menstruation means the ending of a woman's biological obligation to procreate.’
    • ‘There was no pleasure or love in the gesture at all - just a barbaric ritual that her species seemed to perform in order to procreate.’
    • ‘The new dilemma began to snowball ever since insects known as junebugs, commenced to procreating and growing in size at an alarming rate.’
    • ‘It's not clear why straight couples would stop procreating, or even procreate less, if gay couples could marry.’
    • ‘It would have been a simpler world, plus it would have doubled our species capacity to procreate and survive.’
    • ‘It seems that the sole purpose for an animal's existence is to mate and procreate for the survival of their species.’
    • ‘The difference between breast feeding and procreating in public is that one can usually wait a reasonable amount of time to do the latter, while a hungry baby should have to wait for no-one!’
    • ‘We have our very basic nature still intact, eating, sleeping and procreating but it is the unseen internal struggle for knowledge that makes us the truly remarkable beings that we are.’
    • ‘The ennui among young Germans is such that couples cannot be bothered to procreate in numbers sufficient to sustain the population.’
    • ‘Surely it's too anthropomorphic to assume that insects or even pigs or apes know they're procreating?’
    • ‘I think it's harder for women because we were not put on this earth to be business people, we were put on earth to procreate and some of us have procreated and also been good in business.’
    produce offspring, reproduce, multiply, propagate, breed
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Late Middle English: from Latin procreat- ‘generated, brought forth’, from the verb procreare, from pro- ‘forth’ + creare ‘create’.