Meaning of germinate

ger•mi•nate

Pronunciation: (jûr'mu-nāt"), [key]
— v., -nat•ed, -nat•ing.
—v.i.
  1. to begin to grow or develop.
    1. to develop into a plant or individual, as a seed, spore, or bulb.
    2. to put forth shoots; sprout; pullulate.
  2. to come into existence; begin.
—v.t.
  1. to cause to develop; produce.
  2. to cause to come into existence; create.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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