germinate - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlegerminating
past tensegerminated
past participlegerminated
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] biology to develop from a seed and begin to grow into a plant, or to make a seed develop in this way

    It’s been too cold for seeds to germinate properly.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive] if an idea or feeling germinates, it develops from something very small

    A sense of unease began to germinate in the group.

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noun [uncountable]
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