- to fertilize (an ovum)
- to make pregnant
- to fertilize (land); make fruitful
- to fill or saturate; cause to be permeated: clothing impregnated with smoke
- to indoctrinate or imbue (with ideas, feelings, principles, etc.)
Origin of impregnate; from Late Latin impraegnatus, past participle of impraegnare, to make pregnant ; from Classical Latin in-, in + praegnans, pregnant
transitive verbim·preg·nat·ed, im·preg·nat·ing, im·preg·nates
- To make pregnant; inseminate.
- To fertilize (an ovum, for example).
- To fill throughout; saturate: a cotton wad that was impregnated with ether.
- To permeate or imbue: impregnate a speech with optimism.
Origin of impregnateProbably from Late Latin impraegnatus, pregnant : Latin in-, in; see in–2 + Latin praegnatus, variant of praegnas, pregnant; see pregnant1.
(third-person singular simple present impregnates, present participle impregnating, simple past and past participle impregnated)
Earlier impregn, from Middle French imprégner, from Old French enpreignier.