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germinate

verb uk   /ˈdʒɜː.mɪ.neɪt/ us    /ˈdʒɝː-/

germinate verb (SEED)

[I or T] specialized biology to (cause a seed to) start growing: The beans will only germinate if the temperature is warm enough.

germinate verb (IDEA)

[I] to start developing: I felt an idea germinating in my head/mind.
germination
noun [U] uk   /ˌdʒɜː.mɪˈneɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌdʒɝː-/
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