germinate

  • 1 Germinate — Ger mi*nate, v. t. To cause to sprout. Price (1610). [1913 Webster] …

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  • 2 Germinate — Ger mi*nate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Germinated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Germinating}.] [L. germinatus, p. p. of germinare to sprout, fr. germen. See {Germ}.] To sprout; to bud; to shoot; to begin to vegetate, as a plant or its seed; to begin to develop,… …

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  • 3 germinate — I verb become, bud, burgeon, develop, emerge, evolve, flourish, gemmate, generate, germinare, grow, produce, progress, pullulate, sprout, thrive, vegetate, yield II index develop, pullulate, stem ( …

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  • 4 germinate — (v.) c.1600, probably a back formation from GERMINATION (Cf. germination). Earlier germynen (mid 15c.) was from L. germinare. Related: Germinated; germinating. Figurative use from 1640s …

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  • 5 germinate — [v] grow bud, develop, generate, live, originate, pullulate, shoot, sprout, swell, vegetate; concept 427 Ant. halt, slow, stop, thwart …

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  • 6 germinate — ► VERB ▪ (of a seed or spore) begin to grow and put out shoots after a period of dormancy. DERIVATIVES germination noun. ORIGIN Latin germinare sprout forth, bud , from germen sprout, seed …

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  • 7 germinate — [jʉr′mənāt΄] vi., vt. germinated, germinating [< L germinatus, pp. of germinare, to sprout < germen, a sprout, GERM] 1. to sprout or cause to sprout, as from a spore, seed, or bud 2. to start developing or growing germination n. germinative …

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  • 8 germinate — UK [ˈdʒɜː(r)mɪneɪt] / US [ˈdʒɜrmɪˌneɪt] verb Word forms germinate : present tense I/you/we/they germinate he/she/it germinates present participle germinating past tense germinated past participle germinated 1) [intransitive/transitive] biology to …

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  • 9 germinate — ger|mi|nate [ dʒɜrmı,neıt ] verb 1. ) intransitive or transitive to develop from a seed, and begin to grow into a plant, or to make a seed begin to develop into a plant: It s been too cold for seeds to germinate properly. 2. ) intransitive if an… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 10 germinate — verb 1 (I, T) if a seed germinates or if it is germinated, it begins to grow: Carnation seeds will germinate at a low temperature. 2 (I) if an idea, feeling etc germinates, it begins to develop: The idea of forming a business partnership began to …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 germinate — verb 1) the grain is allowed to germinate Syn: sprout, shoot (up), bud; develop, grow, spring up; dated vegetate 2) the idea began to germinate Syn: develop, take root, grow, incubate, emerge …

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  • 12 germinate — verb ( nated; nating) Etymology: Latin germinatus, past participle of germinare to sprout, from germin , germen bud, germ Date: 1610 transitive verb to cause to sprout or develop intransitive verb 1. to come into being ; evolve < before Weste …

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  • 13 germinate — verb Germinate is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑seed …

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  • 14 germinate — ger|mi|nate [ˈdʒə:mıneıt US ˈdʒə:r ] v [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of germinare to start to grow , from germen; GERM] 1.) [I and T] if a seed germinates, or if it is germinated, it begins to grow = ↑sprout 2.) if an idea …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 germinate — [[t]ʤɜ͟ː(r)mɪneɪt[/t]] germinates, germinating, germinated 1) V ERG If a seed germinates or if it is germinated, it starts to grow. [TECHNICAL] Some seed varieties germinate fast, so check every day or so... [V n] First, the researchers… …

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  • 16 germinate — germinable /jerr meuh neuh beuhl/, adj. germination, n. germinator, n. /jerr meuh nayt /, v., germinated, germinating. v.i. 1. to begin to grow or develop. 2. Bot. a. to develop into a plant or individual, as a seed, spore, or bulb. b …

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  • 17 germinate — verb a) To sprout or produce buds. b) To cause to grow …

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  • 18 germinate — ger·mi·nate jər mə .nāt vb, nat·ed; nat·ing vt to cause to sprout or develop vi to begin to grow: SPROUT ger·mi·na·tion .jər mə nā shən n …

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  • 19 germinate — Synonyms and related words: blossom, brew, bud, burgeon, burst forth, develop, flourish, gather, gemmate, grow, grow rank, grow up, hypertrophy, increase, leaf, leaf out, leave, luxuriate, mature, mushroom, outgrow, overdevelop, overgrow, overrun …

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  • 20 germinate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. impregnate; sprout, begin. See production. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. sprout, develop, shoot up, pullulate; see grow 1 , sprout . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. sprout, bud, flower, grow, develop,… …

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