irrigate (v.) "supply land with water," 1610s, from L. irrigatus, pp. of irrigare "lead water to, refresh, irrigate, flood," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (2)) + rigare "to water, to moisten," of uncertain origin, perhaps cognate with RAIN (Cf. rain). Related: Irrigated; irrigating. In Middle English it was an adjective, "watered, flooded" (mid-15c.).

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  • irrigate — ► VERB 1) supply water to (land or crops) by means of channels. 2) Medicine apply a flow of water or medication to (an organ or wound). DERIVATIVES irrigable adjective irrigation noun irrigator noun. ORIGIN Latin irrigare moisten …   English terms dictionary

  • irrigate — [ir′ə gāt΄] vt. irrigated, irrigating [< L irrigatus, pp. of irrigare, to bring water to or upon < in , in, to, upon + rigare, to water, moisten: see RAIN] 1. to refresh by or as by watering 2. to supply (land) with water by means of… …   English World dictionary

  • irrigate — [[t]ɪ̱rɪgeɪt[/t]] irrigates, irrigating, irrigated VERB To irrigate land means to supply it with water in order to help crops grow. [V n] None of the water from Lake Powell is used to irrigate the area. [V ed] ...strips of cultivated land… …   English dictionary

  • irrigate — UK [ˈɪrɪɡeɪt] / US [ˈɪrɪˌɡeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms irrigate : present tense I/you/we/they irrigate he/she/it irrigates present participle irrigating past tense irrigated past participle irrigated 1) to bring water to land through a… …   English dictionary

  • Irrigate — To wash out as, for example, a wound to clean it. * * * To perform irrigation. [L. ir rigo, pp. atus, to i., fr. in, on, + rigo, to water] * * * ir·ri·gate ir ə .gāt vt, gat·ed; gat·ing to flush (a body part) with a stream of liquid <irrigate… …   Medical dictionary

  • irrigate — verb Irrigate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑field, ↑land …   Collocations dictionary

  • irrigate — ir|ri|gate [ˈırıgeıt] v [T] [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of irrigare, from rigare to water ] 1.) to supply land or crops with water ▪ The water in Lake Powell is used to irrigate the area. irrigated land/farms/crops 2.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • irrigate — verb ( gated; gating) Etymology: Latin irrigatus, past participle of irrigare, from in + rigare to water; perhaps akin to Old High German regan rain more at rain Date: 1615 transitive verb 1. wet, moisten: as a. to supply (as land or crops) with… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • irrigate — irrigator, n. /ir i gayt /, v.t., irrigated, irrigating. 1. to supply (land) with water by artificial means, as by diverting streams, flooding, or spraying. 2. Med. to supply or wash (an orifice, wound, etc.) with a spray or a flow of some liquid …   Universalium

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