- 1[usually passive] impregnate something (with something) to make a substance spread through an area so that the area is full of the substance The pad is impregnated with insecticide.
- 2impregnate somebody/something (formal) to make a woman or female animal pregnant See related entries: Pregnancy Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘fill’; earlier (Middle English) as impregnation): from late Latin impregnat-
BrE BrE//ˈɪmpreɡneɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpreɡneɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they impregnate
BrE BrE//ˈɪmpreɡneɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpreɡneɪt//he / she / it impregnates
BrE BrE//ˈɪmpreɡneɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpreɡneɪts//past simple impregnated
BrE BrE//ˈɪmpreɡneɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpreɡneɪtɪd//past participle impregnated
BrE BrE//ˈɪmpreɡneɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpreɡneɪtɪd//-ing form impregnating
BrE BrE//ˈɪmpreɡneɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpreɡneɪtɪŋ//Pregnancy