irrigate Definition

  • 1to supply land or crops with water by means of pipes, sprinklers, ditches, or streams
  • 2to flush a wound with a stream of water

Using irrigate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "irrigate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The farmer irrigates his fields every morning.

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    The nurse irrigated the wound to clean it.

  • Example

    The government is investing in irrigation systems to improve agriculture.

  • Example

    The desert plants have adapted to survive without irrigation.

irrigate Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with irrigate

  • a network of pipes, channels, and other structures used to supply water to crops or land


    The new irrigation system has increased crop yields by 30%.

  • a channel dug in the ground to carry water to crops or land


    The farmer dug an irrigation ditch to bring water to his fields.

  • a process of flushing out the nasal passages with a saline solution to relieve congestion or allergies


    My doctor recommended nasal irrigation to help with my sinus problems.

Origins of irrigate

from Latin 'irrigare', meaning 'to water'


Summary: irrigate in Brief

'Irrigate' [ˈɪrɪɡeɪt] refers to supplying water to land or crops through various methods like pipes, sprinklers, or ditches. It can also mean flushing a wound with water. Examples include 'The farmer irrigates his fields every morning.' and 'The nurse irrigated the wound to clean it.' Phrases like 'irrigation system' and 'irrigation ditch' are common. 'Nasal irrigation' is a medical term for flushing out the nasal passages. Synonyms include 'water' and 'moisten.'

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