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germinate

ger·mi·nate

germinate

 
 
pronunciation:
juhr mih neIt
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: germinated, germinates, germinating
definition: to start or cause to start a process of growth or development; sprout.
The seeds will germinate if they get enough water and sunlight.Ideas for her new novel germinated during her travels in Africa.
synonyms:
burgeon, develop, grow, pullulate, sprout
similar words:
flourish, root, shoot, take root, thrive, vegetate
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derivations: germination (n.), germinator (n.)
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