verb (used with object), sat·u·rat·ed, sat·u·rat·ing.
- to cause (a substance) to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance, through solution, chemical combination, or the like.
- to charge to the utmost, as with magnetism.
- to soak, impregnate, or imbue thoroughly or completely: to saturate a sponge with water; a town saturated with charm.
- to destroy (a target) completely with bombs and missiles.
- to send so many planes over (a target area) that the defensive electronic tracking equipment becomes ineffective.
- to furnish (a market) with goods to its full purchasing capacity.
verb (used without object), sat·u·rat·ed, sat·u·rat·ing.
- to become saturated.
- a saturated fat or fatty acid.
- to fill, soak, or imbue totally
- to make (a chemical compound, vapour, solution, magnetic material, etc) saturated or (of a compound, vapour, etc) to become saturated
- (tr) military to bomb or shell heavily
adjective (ˈsætʃərɪt, -ˌreɪt)
- a less common word for saturated
v.1530s, “to satisfy, satiate,” from Latin saturatus, past participle of saturare “to fill full, sate, drench,” from satur “sated, full,” from PIE root *sa- “to satisfy” (see sad). Meaning “soak thoroughly” first recorded 1756. Marketing sense first recorded 1958. Related: Saturated; saturating. v.
- To imbue or impregnate thoroughly.
- To soak, fill, or load to capacity.
- To cause a substance to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance.
- To satisfy all the chemical affinities of a substance; neutralize.
- To dissolve a substance up to that concentration beyond which the addition of more results in a second phase.