- Inflections of 'saturate' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
- v 3rd person singular
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- 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.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Electricity, to fill as much as possible:[~ + object]The smell of fresh-brewed coffee saturated the tiny apartment.
- to (cause to) become thoroughly wet: [~ + object]The rain saturated the fields.[no object]That substance saturates when liquid is poured on it.
sat•u•ra•tion /ˌsætʃəˈreɪʃən/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]See -sat-.
- filled with something.
(v. sach′ə rāt′;adj., n. sach′ər it, -ə rāt′),USA pronunciation v., -rat•ed, -rat•ing, adj., n. v.t.
- Chemistryto cause (a substance) to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance, through solution, chemical combination, or the like.
- Electricityto charge to the utmost, as with magnetism.
- to soak, impregnate, or imbue thoroughly or completely:to saturate a sponge with water; a town saturated with charm.
- to destroy (a target) completely with bombs and missiles.
- to send so many planes over (a target area) that the defensive electronic tracking equipment becomes ineffective.
- Businessto furnish (a market) with goods to its full purchasing capacity.
- to become saturated.
- Nutritiona saturated fat or fatty acid.
- Latin saturātus (past participle of saturāre to fill), equivalent. to satur- full, well-fed (see sad) + -ātus -ate1
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See wet.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
saturate vb /ˈsætʃəˌreɪt/
adj /ˈsætʃərɪt; -ˌreɪt/
- to fill, soak, or imbue totally
- to make (a chemical compound, vapour, solution, magnetic material, etc) saturated or (of a compound, vapour, etc) to become saturated
- (transitive) to bomb or shell heavily
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin saturāre, from satur sated, from satis enoughˌsatuˈrater, ˌsatuˈrator n
- a less common word for saturated
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