Definition of germinate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

germinate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈdʒɜːmɪneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɜːrmɪneɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they germinate
BrE BrE//ˈdʒɜːmɪneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɜːrmɪneɪt//
 
he / she / it germinates
BrE BrE//ˈdʒɜːmɪneɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɜːrmɪneɪts//
 
past simple germinated
BrE BrE//ˈdʒɜːmɪneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɜːrmɪneɪtɪd//
 
past participle germinated
BrE BrE//ˈdʒɜːmɪneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɜːrmɪneɪtɪd//
 
-ing form germinating
BrE BrE//ˈdʒɜːmɪneɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɜːrmɪneɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] germinate (something) when the seed of a plant germinates or is germinated, it starts to grow (figurative) An idea for a novel began to germinate in her mind. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin germinat- ‘sprouted forth, budded’, from the verb germinare, from germen, germin- ‘sprout, seed’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: germinate