- 1when the seed of a plant germinates or is germinated, it starts to grow
- 2(figurative) An idea for a novel began to germinate in her mind.
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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NAmE//ˌdʒərməˈneɪʃn//noun [uncountable] Keep the seeds in warm, damp conditions to encourage germination.