|Origin:||, past participle of germinare 'to start to grow', from germen; GERM|
1 [intransitive and transitive]TACDLG
if a seed germinates, or if it is germinated, it begins to grow [= sprout]
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]