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procreate

Syllabification: pro·cre·ate
Pronunciation: /ˈprōkrēˌāt
 
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Definition of procreate in English:

verb

[no object]
(Of people or animals) produce young; reproduce: species that procreate by copulation
More example sentences
  • Parenting is possibly an irrational vocation, but humanity keeps breeding and procreating.
  • It's not clear why straight couples would stop procreating, or even procreate less, if gay couples could marry.
  • It seems that the sole purpose for an animal's existence is to mate and procreate for the survival of their species.
Synonyms
produce offspring, reproduce, multiply, propagate, breed

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin procreat- 'generated, brought forth', from the verb procreare, from pro- 'forth' + creare 'create'.

Derivatives

procreant

1
Pronunciation: /-krēənt/
adjective
( archaic )
Example sentences
  • In ‘Canto LXXXI,’ this Vision is lifted to lowly apogee and procreant climax in stanzas which have since become Pound's signature perfection.
  • Apparently, he feels a similarly procreant urge to capture these brief moments of life that seem to be outside of ordinary reality.

procreation

2
Pronunciation: /ˌprōkrēˈāSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • Marriage is not essentially about procreation because procreation is not essential to any marriage.
  • In due course there occurs sexual differentiation and procreation, and human societies organized on caste lines come into being.
  • The wonderful apparatus of sexual procreation ensures variety.

procreative

3
Pronunciation: /-krēˌātiv/
adjective
Example sentences
  • They condemned and occasionally punished homosexual behavior as a sin, a deviation from the procreative function of sexuality.
  • In Indigenous societies like the Anishnaabe, the earth and all who dwell within it contain a ‘manitou,’ a vibrant energy that is creative and procreative, and thus sexual.
  • Therefore a primary demand is that women regain greater autonomy with regard to their sexuality and procreative capacities.

procreator

4
Pronunciation: /-ˌātər/
noun
Example sentences
  • Even healthy Bactrian camels are meager procreators because the birth of a single camel requires a 14-month gestation period.
  • And then the child runs off and his procreators are left to face the ‘empty nest’.
  • Not only do the procreators ensure that there will still be an America after they're dead, but these benefits also provide much-needed incentives to undertake the sacrifices inherent in such an enterprise.

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