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Meaning of pregnant by Wiktionary Dictionary

pregnant


    Alternative forms

    • prægnant ( archaic )
    • pregnaunt ( obsolete )

    Etymology

    Middle French ( compare archaic Modern French prégnant ), from Classical Latin praegnans, variant of praegnas, probably from prae- ( “pre-” ) + gnascī ( “to be born” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ˈpɹɛɡnənt/

    Adjective

    pregnant ( comparative more pregnant, superlative most pregnant )

    1. ( not comparable ) Carrying developing offspring within the body .
      I went to the doctor and, guess what, we're pregnant!
    2. ( comparable ) Having numerous possibilities or implications .
    3. ( now poetic ) Fertile, prolific ( usually of soil, ground etc. ).
    4. ( obsolete ) Affording entrance; receptive; yielding; willing; open; prompt.
      • Shakespeare
        Pregnant to good pity .

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Explanation of pregnant by Wordnet Dictionary

pregnant


    Adjective
    1. carrying developing offspring within the body or being about to produce new life

    2. filled with or attended with

    3. a silence pregnant with suspense
    4. rich in significance or implication



    Definition of pregnant by GCIDE Dictionary

    pregnant


    1. Pregnant a. [L. praegnans, -antis; prae before + genere, gignere, to beget: cf. F. prégnant. See Gender, 2d Kin.]

      1. Being with young, as a female; having conceived; great with young; breeding; teeming; gravid; preparing to bring forth.

      2. Heavy with important contents, significance, or issue; full of consequence or results; weighty; as, “pregnant replies”. “ A pregnant argument.” Prynne. “ A pregnant brevity.” E. Everett.

      3. Full of promise; abounding in ability, resources, etc.; as, “a pregnant youth”. [Obs.] Evelyn.

      Wherein the pregnant enemy does much. Shak.

      Pregnant construction ( Rhet. ), one in which more is implied than is said; as, the beasts trembled forth from their dens, that is, came forth trembling with fright.

    2. Pregnant, n. A pregnant woman. [R.] Dunglison.

    3. Pregnant, a. [F. prenant taking. Cf. Pregnable.] Affording entrance; receptive; yielding; willing; open; prompt. [Obs.] “ Pregnant to good pity.” Shak.