germinate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “germinate” in the English Dictionary

"germinate" in British English

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uk   /ˈdʒɜː.mɪ.neɪt/  us   /ˈdʒɝː-/

germinate verb (SEED)

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

germinate verb (IDEA)

[I] to ​startdeveloping: I ​felt an ​idea germinating in my ​head/​mind.
noun [U] uk   /ˌdʒɜː.mɪˈneɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌdʒɝː-/
(Definition of germinate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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germinateverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈdʒɜr·məˌneɪt/
to ​startgrowing, or to ​cause a ​seed to ​startgrowing: [I] This ​community is where the ​seeds of Gandhi’s ​philosophy germinated.
(Definition of germinate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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