Definition of pregnant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpreɡnənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreɡnənt//
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  1. 1  (of a woman or female animal) having a baby or young animal developing inside her/its body My wife is pregnant. I was pregnant with our third child at the time. a heavily pregnant woman (= one whose baby is nearly ready to be born) to get/become pregnant He got his girlfriend pregnant and they're getting married. She's six months pregnant. CollocationsChildrenHaving a baby/​child want a baby/​a child/​kids start a family conceive/​be expecting/​be going to have a baby/​child miss your period become/​get/​be/​find out that you are pregnant have a baby/​a child/​kids/​a son/​a daughter/​twins/​a family have a normal/​a difficult/​an unwanted pregnancy; an easy/​a difficult/​a home birth be in/​go into/​induce labour (especially US English) labor have/​suffer/​cause a miscarriage give birth to a child/​baby/​daughter/​son/​twinsParenting bring up/ (especially North American English) raise a child/​family care for/ (especially British English) look after a baby/​child/​kid change (British English) a nappy/(North American English) a diaper/​a baby feed/​breastfeed/​bottle-feed a baby be entitled to/​go on maternity/​paternity leave go back/​return to work after maternity leave need/​find/​get a babysitter/​good quality affordable childcare balance/​combine work and childcare/​child-rearing/​family life educate/​teach/​home-school a child/​kid punish/​discipline/​spoil a child/​kid adopt a baby/​child/​kid offer a baby for/​put a baby up for adoption (especially British English) foster a child/​kid be placed with/​be raised by foster parents Wordfinderantenatal, child, conception, fetus, maternity leave, miscarriage, morning sickness, pregnant, scan, womb See related entries: Pregnancy
  2. 2pregnant with something (formal) full of a quality or feeling Her silences were pregnant with criticism.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin praegnant-, probably from prae ‘before’ + the base of gnasci ‘be born’.Extra examples She was newly pregnant at the time. She was pregnant by a former client. She was pregnant with twins. When I found out I was pregnant, I didn’t know what to do.Idioms
    a pregnant pause/silence
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    an occasion when nobody speaks, although people are aware that there are feelings or thoughts to express There was a pregnant pause before she replied.
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