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Meaning of irrigate by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /ˈɪɹəˌɡeɪt/, SAMPA: /"Ir@%geIt/


    irrigate ( third-person singular simple present irrigates present participle irrigating, simple past and past participle irrigated )

    1. To supply farmland with water, by building ditches, pipes, etc .
    2. To clean a wound with a fluid

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Explanation of irrigate by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. supply with a constant flow or sprinkling of some liquid, for the purpose of cooling, cleansing, or disinfecting

    2. irrigate the wound
    3. supply with water, as with channels or ditches or streams

    Definition of irrigate by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Irrigate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Irrigated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Irrigating] [L. irrigatus, p. p. of irrigare to irrigate: ir- in + rigare to water; prob. akin to E. rain. See Rain.]

      1. To water; to wet; to moisten with running or dropping water; to bedew.

      2. ( Agric. ) To water, as land, by causing a stream to flow upon, over, or through it, as in artificial channels.

      3. ( Med. ) To rinse ( a wound, infected area, etc. ) with a flow or spray of a liquid.