A seed begins to germinate.
- When a plant first begins to sprout buds, this is an example of a time when it germinates.
- When an idea comes up and then starts to be developed and grow, this is an example of a time when the idea germinates.
transitive verb-·nat·ed, -·nat·ing
- to sprout or cause to sprout, as from a spore, seed, or bud
- to start developing or growing
Origin of germinatefrom Classical Latin germinatus, past participle of germinare, to sprout from germen, a sprout, germ
verbger·mi·nat·ed, ger·mi·nat·ing, ger·mi·nates
- To begin to sprout or grow.
- To come into existence: An idea germinated in his mind.
Origin of germinateLatin germināre germināt- to sprout from germen germin- sprout, bud ; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
germination of a bean seed
(third-person singular simple present germinates, present participle germinating, simple past and past participle germinated)
Latin germinatus, past participle of germinare (“to sprout”).