Definition of germinate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    germinate

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    NAmE//ˈdʒərməˌneɪt//
     
    [intransitive, transitive]germinate (something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they germinate
     
    he / she / it germinates
     
    past simple germinated
     
    -ing form germinating
     
     
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  1. 1when the seed of a plant germinates or is germinated, it starts to grow
  2. 2(figurative) An idea for a novel began to germinate in her mind.
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NAmE//ˌdʒərməˈneɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable] Keep the seeds in warm, damp conditions to encourage germination.
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