transitive verb-·gat·ed, -·gat·ing
- to refresh by or as by watering
- to supply (land) with water by means of ditches or artificial channels or by sprinklers
- Med. to wash out or flush (a cavity, wound, etc.) with water or other fluid
Origin of irrigatefrom Classical Latin irrigatus, past participle of irrigare, to bring water to or upon from in-, in, to, upon + rigare, to water, moisten: see rain
verbir·ri·gat·ed, ir·ri·gat·ing, ir·ri·gates
- To supply (land or crops) with water by means of pipes, sprinklers, ditches, or streams.
- To wash out (a body cavity or wound) with water or a medicated fluid.
Origin of irrigateLatin irrigāre irrigāt- in- in ; see in- 2. rigāre to water
(third-person singular simple present irrigates, present participle irrigating, simple past and past participle irrigated)
From Latin irrigare.