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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

  • adj. Impregnated; made prolific.
  • intransitive v. To become pregnant.
  • 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)

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

Etymologies

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)

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