from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make pregnant; inseminate.
- transitive v. To fertilize (an ovum, for example).
- transitive v. To fill throughout; saturate: a cotton wad that was impregnated with ether.
- transitive v. To permeate or imbue: impregnate a speech with optimism. See Synonyms at charge.
- adj. Saturated or filled.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause to become pregnant.
- v. To fertilize.
- v. To saturate, or infuse.
- v. To fill pores or spaces with a substance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make pregnant; to cause to conceive; to render prolific; to get with child or young.
- transitive v. To come into contact with (an ovum or egg) so as to cause impregnation; to fertilize; to fecundate.
- transitive v. To infuse an active principle into; to render fruitful or fertile in any way; to fertilize; to imbue.
- transitive v. To infuse particles of another substance into; to communicate the quality of another to; to cause to be filled, imbued, mixed, or furnished (with something)
- intransitive v. To become pregnant.
- adj. Impregnated; made prolific.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make pregnant, as a female; cause to conceive; get with young; fertilize.
- To transmit or infuse an active principle into; fecundate; fertilize; imbue.
- To infuse into, as particles of another substance; communicate the qualities of another substance to, as (in pharmacy) by mixture, digestion, etc.; saturate.
- To become impregnated or pregnant.
- Rendered prolific or fruitful; impregnated.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. infuse or fill completely
- v. fertilize and cause to grow
- v. fill, as with a certain quality
- v. make pregnant
Probably from Late Latin impraegnātus, pregnant : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin praegnātus, variant of praegnās, pregnant; see pregnant1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)