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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of germinare 'to start to grow', from germen; GERM

germinate

verb
     
Related topics: Gardening, Plants, Crops
ger‧mi‧nate
1 [intransitive and transitive]TACDLG if a seed germinates, or if it is germinated, it begins to grow [= sprout]
2 [intransitive] if an idea, feeling etc germinates, it begins to develop:
The idea of setting up his own company began to germinate in his mind.
germination noun [uncountable]

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