tr.v. sat·u·rat·ed, sat·u·rat·ing, sat·u·rates
1. To soak or fill so that no more liquid may be absorbed: The cloth was saturated with water.
2. To supply with the maximum that can be held or contained; fill thoroughly: Pleasant smells saturated the bakery. The species had saturated its habitat. Happy memories saturated his mind. See Synonyms at imbue.
3. Chemistry To cause (a substance) to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance.
4. Economics To supply (a market) with a good or service in an amount that consumers are able and willing to purchase.
[Latin saturāre, saturāt-, to fill, from satur, sated; see sā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
satu·ra·ble (săchər-ə-bəl) adj.
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