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

     

    irrigate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈɪrɪɡeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrɪɡeɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they irrigate
    BrE BrE//ˈɪrɪɡeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrɪɡeɪt//
     
    he / she / it irrigates
    BrE BrE//ˈɪrɪɡeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrɪɡeɪts//
     
    past simple irrigated
    BrE BrE//ˈɪrɪɡeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrɪɡeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle irrigated
    BrE BrE//ˈɪrɪɡeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrɪɡeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form irrigating
    BrE BrE//ˈɪrɪɡeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrɪɡeɪtɪŋ//
     
    Growing crops
     
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  1. 1irrigate something to supply water to an area of land through pipes or channels so that crops will grow irrigated land/crops See related entries: Growing crops
  2. 2irrigate something (medical) to wash out a wound or part of the body with a flow of water or liquid
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin irrigat- ‘moistened’, from the verb irrigare, from in- ‘into’ + rigare ‘moisten, wet’.
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