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germinate (verb) begin to grow.

The seeds of a plant germinate or are germinated when the plant begins to grow out of them. When a seed sprouts it germinates. The plant begins to grow out of it. When an idea or a feeling germinates it begins to develop in one's mind or heart. The writing of a book germinates in an author's mind if they just begin to get the idea of writing the book on a theme.

  • The seeds of a plant germinate well in favorable temperature and other weather conditions. If the conditions are not favorable, the seeds take a longer time to sprout or may die.
  • The idea of starting a footwear industry germinated in Patterson's mind when he saw that the footwear the people used in the city was of a low quality. Within months the factory was set up and production began.
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