Germinate



[jur-muh-neyt] /ˈdʒɜr məˌneɪt/

verb (used without object), germinated, germinating.
1.
to begin to grow or develop.
2.
Botany.

3.
to come into existence; begin.
verb (used with object), germinated, germinating.
4.
to cause to develop; produce.
5.
to cause to come into existence; create.
/ˈdʒɜːmɪˌneɪt/
verb
1.
to cause (seeds or spores) to sprout or (of seeds or spores) to sprout or form new tissue following increased metabolism
2.
to grow or cause to grow; develop
3.
to come or bring into existence; originate: the idea germinated with me
v.

c.1600, probably a back-formation from germination. Earlier germynen (mid-15c.) was from Latin germinare. Figurative use from 1640s. Related: Germinated; germinating.

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