verb (used with object), im·preg·nat·ed, im·preg·nat·ing.
- to make pregnant; get with child or young.
- to fertilize.
- to cause to be infused or permeated throughout, as with a substance; saturate: to impregnate a handkerchief with cheap perfume.
- to fill interstices with a substance.
- to furnish with some actuating or modifying element infused or introduced; imbue, infect; tincture.
verb (ˈɪmprɛɡˌneɪt) (tr)
- to saturate, soak, or infuseto impregnate a cloth with detergent
- to imbue or permeate; pervade
- to cause to conceive; make pregnant
- to fertilize (an ovum)
- to make (land, soil, etc) fruitful
adjective (ɪmˈprɛɡnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
- pregnant or fertilized
c.1600, from Late Latin impraegnatus “pregnant,” past participle of impraegnare “to render pregnant,” from assimilated form of in- “into, in” (see in- (2)) + praegnare “make pregnant” (see pregnant). Earlier in same sense was impregn (1530s).
- To make pregnant; to cause to conceive; inseminate.
- To fertilize an ovum.
- To fill throughout; saturate.