v. ger·mi·nat·ed, ger·mi·nat·ing, ger·mi·nates
To cause to sprout or grow.
1. To begin to sprout or grow.
2. To come into existence: An idea germinated in his mind.
[Latin germināre, germināt-, to sprout, from germen, germin-, sprout, bud; see genə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
(click for a larger image)germinate
germination of a bean seed
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