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procreate

verb [I]     /ˈprəʊ.kri.eɪt/ US  /ˈproʊ-/ formal
to produce young: While priests were denied the right to marry and procreate, he said, their situation would remain impossible.Animal reproduction procreation     /ˌprəʊ.kriˈeɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌproʊ-/ noun [U] Some people believe that sex should only be for the purpose of procreation.Animal reproduction procreative     /ˌprəʊ.kriˈeɪ.tɪv/ US  /ˌproʊ.kriˈeɪ.t̬ɪv/ adjective Sex of course has a procreative function.Animal reproduction
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