Definition of germinate in English:
1(Of a seed or spore) begin to grow and put out shoots after a period of dormancy.
- Breakdown takes place after a period of rest when seeds germinate and seedlings start growing.
- Dashed segments of the line indicate where viable seeds do not germinate at low temperatures.
- When contaminated seeds are planted, bunt spores germinate in the presence of moisture and infect the wheat seedlings.
1.1 [with object] Cause (a seed or spore) to germinate.
- Mrs Perry said pumpkins did not take much work and her daughter had her own greenhouse and had germinated the seeds herself.
- Although windowsills are good places to germinate seeds, they do have some drawbacks.
- One of the ideas was to use empty yoghurt pots to germinate seeds.
1.2Come into existence and develop: the idea germinated and slowly grew into an obsession
More example sentences
- These are tools for helping communities to germinate, develop and extend themselves.
- The idea for Gubu Nation - a collection of more than 50 uniquely Irish tales during the country's development - germinated during this time.
- Through a combination of her determination and solid common sense, the club was fully operational within a few months of the idea germinating.
- Example sentences
- When highly viable (96% germinative capacity) fresh seeds were incubated in water at a range of constant temperatures, none germinated at 10°C.
- Dormancy is the inability of the viable seed to commence germinative growth even when environmental conditions are physiologically favourable.
- This terminal phase of seed development, called maturation drying, is also known to ensure the switch from a developmental mode to a germinative mode.
- Example sentences
- This independence has allowed universities across the generations to be the germinators of creativity, reform and innovation.
- These seeds were not induced into secondary dormancy and are classed as germinators.
- The studios cultivated their Gables and Garbos not primarily as acting talents (though some, of course, could act) but as cynosures, publicity garnerers, dream germinators.
Late 16th century: from Latin germinat- 'sprouted forth, budded', from the verb germinare, from germen, germin- 'sprout, seed'.
Words that rhyme with germinateexterminate, terminate, verminate
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