Saturate meaning

săchə-rāt
To soak or fill so that no more liquid may be absorbed.

The cloth was saturated with water.

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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.

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Saturate is to become totally soaked or filled, or to combine two substances to their maximum combining capacity.

When it rains for days and days and the soil becomes incredibly wet, this is an example of a time when the rain saturates the soil.

When a negligent power plant dumps toxic waste into the water and the water is contaminated with it, this is an example of a situation where the water is saturated with toxic waste.

When a company makes so many mp3 players that every single person has one and there is no more market for them, this is an example of a time when the company saturates the market.

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(chemistry) To cause (a substance) to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance.
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(economics) To supply (a market) with a good or service in an amount that consumers are able and willing to purchase.
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Saturated.
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To cause to be thoroughly soaked, imbued, or penetrated.
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To cause (something) to be filled, charged, supplied, etc. with the maximum that it can absorb.
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To cause to become completely penetrated, impregnated, or soaked (especially with a liquid).

Rain saturated their clothes.

After walking home in the driving rain, his clothes were saturated.

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To satisfy the affinity of; to cause a substance to become inert by chemical combination with all that it can hold.

One can saturate phosphorus with chlorine.

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Origin of saturate

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

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

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

    From Wiktionary