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

late 14c., “making or becoming pregnant,” from Old French impregnacion, from Late Latin impregnationem (nominative impregnatio), from impraegnare (see impregnate).


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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