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saturate

Verb

1 cause (a chemical compound, vapour, solution, magnetic material, etc.) to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance
2 infuse or fill completely; "Impregnate the cloth with alcohol" [syn: impregnate]

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English

Etymology

From New Latin saturatus, perfect passive participle of saturare, from saturus, future passive participle, from satis, enough.

Verb

  1. To cause to become completely penetrated, impregnated, or soaked; imbue.
    After walking home in the driving rain, his clothes were saturated.
  2. To satisfy the affinity of; to cause a substance to become inert by chemical combination with all that it can hold.
    One can saturate phosphorus with chlorine.

Translations

To become penetrated or soaked
To cause a substance to become inert by chemical combination with all that it can hold

Related terms

Italian

Verb

saturate
  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, saturare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, saturare#Italian|saturare

Extensive Definition

Saturate can mean:
saturate in Italian: Saturate

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