Saturate Definition

saturated, saturates, saturating
saturated, saturates, saturating
To soak or fill so that no more liquid may be absorbed.
The cloth was saturated with water.
American Heritage
To cause to be thoroughly soaked, imbued, or penetrated.
Webster's New World
To cause (something) to be filled, charged, supplied, etc. with the maximum that it can absorb.
Webster's New World
To supply with the maximum that can be held or contained; fill thoroughly.
Pleasant smells saturated the bakery. The species had saturated its habitat. Happy memories saturated his mind.
American Heritage
To cause (a substance) to combine to the full extent of its combining capacity with another; neutralize.
Webster's New World
American Heritage
Webster's New World

Origin of Saturate

  • From Latin saturatus, perfect passive participle of saturare (“to fill full"), from satur (“full").

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin saturāre saturāt- to fill from satur sated sā- in Indo-European roots

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

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