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germinate (v.)

c. 1600, probably a back-formation from germination. Figurative use from 1640s. Related: Germinated; germinating. Earlier germynen (mid-15c.) was from Old French germiner or directly from Latin germinare.

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Definitions of germinate

germinate (v.)
produce buds, branches, or germinate;
Synonyms: shoot / spud / pullulate / bourgeon / burgeon forth / sprout
germinate (v.)
work out;
Synonyms: evolve / develop
germinate (v.)
cause to grow or sprout;
the plentiful rain germinated my plants
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