Germinate meaning

jûrmə-nāt
The definition of germinate is to start to grow, develop or sprout.

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.

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To cause to sprout or grow.
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To cause to sprout or grow.
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To start developing or growing.
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To begin to sprout or grow.
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To cause to grow.
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To begin to sprout or grow.
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To come into existence.

An idea germinated in his mind.

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To sprout or cause to sprout, as from a spore, seed, or bud.
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Origin of germinate

  • Latin germināre germināt- to sprout from germen germin- sprout, bud genə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin germinatus, past participle of germinare (“to sprout”).

    From Wiktionary