saturate

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈsætʃʊreɪt/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/v. ˈsætʃəˌreɪt; adj., n. -ərɪt, -əˌreɪt/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(v. sachə rāt′; adj., n. sachər it, -ə rāt′)


Inflections of 'saturate' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
saturates
v 3rd person singular
saturating
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
saturated
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
saturated
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
sat•u•rate /v. ˈsætʃəˌreɪt; adj., n. -ərɪt, -əˌreɪt/USA pronunciation   v.,  -rat•ed, -rat•ing, adj. 
v. 
  1. Electricity, to fill as much as possible:[+ object]The smell of fresh-brewed coffee saturated the tiny apartment.
  2. to (cause to) become thoroughly wet: [+ object]The rain saturated the fields.[no object]That substance saturates when liquid is poured on it.

adj. 
  1. filled with something.
sat•u•ra•tion /ˌsætʃəˈreɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]See -sat-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
sat•u•rate  (v. sachə rāt′;adj., n. sachər it, -ə rāt′),USA pronunciation v.,  -rat•ed, -rat•ing, adj., n. 
v.t. 
  1. Chemistryto cause (a substance) to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance, through solution, chemical combination, or the like.
  2. Electricityto charge to the utmost, as with magnetism.
  3. to soak, impregnate, or imbue thoroughly or completely:to saturate a sponge with water; a town saturated with charm.
  4. to destroy (a target) completely with bombs and missiles.
  5. to send so many planes over (a target area) that the defensive electronic tracking equipment becomes ineffective.
  6. Businessto furnish (a market) with goods to its full purchasing capacity.

v.i. 
  1. to become saturated.

adj. 
  1. saturated.

n. 
  1. Nutritiona saturated fat or fatty acid.
  • Latin saturātus (past participle of saturāre to fill), equivalent. to satur- full, well-fed (see sad) + -ātus -ate1
  • 1530–40
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  wet. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
saturate vb /ˈsætʃəˌreɪt/
  1. to fill, soak, or imbue totally
  2. to make (a chemical compound, vapour, solution, magnetic material, etc) saturated or (of a compound, vapour, etc) to become saturated
  3. (transitive) to bomb or shell heavily
adj /ˈsætʃərɪt; -ˌreɪt/
  1. a less common word for saturated
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin saturāre, from satur sated, from satis enough

ˌsatuˈrater, ˌsatuˈrator n
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