impregnate [im preg′nāt΄; ] for adj. [, im preg′nit, im preg′nāt΄]
impregnated, impregnating [< LL impraegnatus, pp. of impraegnare, to make pregnant < L in-, in + praegnans, PREGNANT]
1. to fertilize (an ovum)
2. to make pregnant
3. to fertilize (land); make fruitful
4. to fill or saturate; cause to be permeated [clothing impregnated with smoke]
5. to indoctrinate or imbue (with ideas, feelings, principles, etc.)

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