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

     

    saturate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsætʃəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsætʃəreɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they saturate
    BrE BrE//ˈsætʃəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsætʃəreɪt//
     
    he / she / it saturates
    BrE BrE//ˈsætʃəreɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsætʃəreɪts//
     
    past simple saturated
    BrE BrE//ˈsætʃəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsætʃəreɪtɪd//
     
    past participle saturated
    BrE BrE//ˈsætʃəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsætʃəreɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form saturating
    BrE BrE//ˈsætʃəreɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsætʃəreɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1saturate something to make something completely wet synonym soak The continuous rain had saturated the soil. Condensation can saturate the insulation, rendering it useless. The heavy autumn rains saturate the ground.
  2. 2[often passive] saturate something/somebody (with/in something) to fill something/somebody completely with something so that it is impossible or useless to add any more The company had saturated the market for personal organizers (= so that no new buyers could be found).
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (as an adjective in the sense ‘satisfied’): from Latin saturat- ‘filled, glutted’, from the verb saturare, from satur ‘full’. The early sense of the verb (mid 16th cent.) was ‘satisfy’.
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