Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to sprout or grow.
  • intransitive v. To begin to sprout or grow.
  • intransitive v. To come into existence: An idea germinated in his mind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To sprout or produce buds.
  • v. To cause to grow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To sprout; to bud; to shoot; to begin to vegetate, as a plant or its seed; to begin to develop, as a germ.
  • transitive v. To cause to sprout.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To act as a germ; begin to undergo development toward a more complete form or state; form or be formed into an embryo, as an impregnated ovum.
  • Specifically, to sprout; bud; shoot; begin to vegetate or grow, as a plant or its seed.
  • To cause to sprout; put forth; produce.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. work out
  • v. cause to grow or sprout
  • v. produce buds, branches, or germinate

Etymologies

Latin germināre, germināt-, to sprout, from germen, germin-, sprout, bud.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • It takes some time for mushroom spores to germinate, whereas other fungi such as green moulds germinate and spread much faster.

    January 24, 2011