WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
im•preg•nate /ɪmˈprɛgneɪt/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -nat•ed, -nat•ing. 
  1. Physiologyto make pregnant:The dog was impregnated several months ago.
  2. Physiologyto fertilize:The flower was impregnated with pollen.
  3. to cause to enter and be spread or permeated throughout:to impregnate a handkerchief with perfume.
im•preg•na•tion /ˌɪmprɛgˈneɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
im•preg•nate  (v. im pregnāt, impreg nāt′;adj. im pregnit, -nāt),USA pronunciation v.,  -nat•ed, -nat•ing, adj. 
  1. Physiologyto make pregnant;
    get with child or young.
  2. Physiologyto fertilize.
  3. to cause to be infused or permeated throughout, as with a substance;
    saturate:to impregnate a handkerchief with cheap perfume.
  4. to fill interstices with a substance.
  5. to furnish with some actuating or modifying element infused or introduced;
    imbue, infect;

  1. Physiologyimpregnated.
im′preg•nation, n. 
im•pregna•tor, n. 
im•preg•na•to•ry  (im pregnə tôr′ē, -tōr′ē),USA pronunciation adj. 
  • Late Latin impraegnātus past participle of impraegnāre to fertilize, impregnate, equivalent. to im- im-1 + praegn- (see pregnant) + -ātus -ate1
  • 1535–45
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged permeate, infuse, penetrate.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

impregnate vb /ˈɪmprɛɡˌneɪt/(transitive)
  1. to saturate, soak, or infuse
  2. to imbue or permeate; pervade
  3. to cause to conceive; make pregnant
  4. to make (land, soil, etc) fruitful
adj /ɪmˈprɛɡnɪt; -ˌneɪt/
  1. pregnant or fertilized
Etymology: 17th Century: from Late Latin impraegnāre to make pregnant, from Latin im- in-² + praegnans pregnant

ˌimpregˈnation n imˈpregnator n

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