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procreate

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Definition to reproduce (children or offspring)

More rarely, procreate can mean to produce something other than children or offspring.
  • The mountain gorilla is an endangered species and doesn't procreate well in captivity.
  • Their population has been shrinking, so now the country has passed laws to encourage procreation.
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The Catholic Church tells people to procreate, no matter what their economic situation may be
  • She seemed receptive, so I launched into my Don't Procreate with Losers speech. . . .
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • procreate = reproduce (have children)
  • Procreation will be an annual formality like the renewal of a ration card.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • He believed that mankind's ability to procreate is so great that there are always more children born than can survive.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • It is clear that each of the three stages of procreation represents an epoch in the development of the world.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • But chiefly, the injury is symbolic of the destruction of possibilities, spiritual as well as procreative, accomplished by the war.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • And did I want the Celestial Kingdom, anyway, where women are relegated to polygamy and procreation, gestating new souls to fill earthbound bodies?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Baphomet's head was represented as that of a ram or goat, a common symbol of procreation and fecundity.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The Bureau is obsessed with procreation—with passing on genes.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • "In order to support and aid those men poorly equipped for procreation," Pilar said, "if there is nothing to see I am going."
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • It had to do with a grander scheme of procreation.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • He must have known what an oddity it was for a human and a vampire to procreate, so of course he would have wondered if Vlad was the Pravus.
    Heather Brewer  --  Tenth Grade Bleeds
  • And if it really was the end of the world, Lilly would be dead, so she'd never know her brother and I were procreating!
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • The ancients decorated their sarcophagi with symbols of life and procreation, some of them even obscene.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Some families grow on and on through the centuries, hardy and visible and procreative.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • He also stands against procreation regulation, gender adjustment, chemical balancing, and the gun ban.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • That once seemingly eternal window of procreative opportunity was slowly lowering.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • George built his blacksmith shop hard by the stone-and-log house in which Ida Rebecca ruled, and there he pursued a life of piety, toil, and procreation.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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