verb (used with object), im·preg·nat·ed, im·preg·nat·ing.

  1. to make pregnant; get with child or young.
  2. to fertilize.
  3. to cause to be infused or permeated throughout, as with a substance; saturate: to impregnate a handkerchief with cheap perfume.
  4. to fill interstices with a substance.
  5. to furnish with some actuating or modifying element infused or introduced; imbue, infect; tincture.


  1. impregnated.

verb (ˈɪmprɛɡˌneɪt) (tr)

  1. to saturate, soak, or infuseto impregnate a cloth with detergent
  2. to imbue or permeate; pervade
  3. to cause to conceive; make pregnant
  4. to fertilize (an ovum)
  5. to make (land, soil, etc) fruitful

adjective (ɪmˈprɛɡnɪt, -ˌneɪt)

  1. 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).


  1. To make pregnant; to cause to conceive; inseminate.
  2. To fertilize an ovum.
  3. To fill throughout; saturate.

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