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verb germinate pronunciation in British English /ˈdʒɜː(r)mɪneɪt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theygerminate
he/she/itgerminates
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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 germinate pronunciation in British English /ˌdʒɜː(r)mɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]
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