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  • 1(of a woman or female animal) having a child or young developing in the uterus.

    ‘she was heavily pregnant with her second child’
    • ‘she was six months pregnant’
    • ‘a pregnant woman’
    • ‘The practice of screening all pregnant women for syphilis in every pregnancy should continue.’
    • ‘In the United Kingdom over a quarter of pregnant women who smoke continue to do so during pregnancy.’
    • ‘Back at the centre there is a call from a young pregnant woman requiring telephone advice.’
    • ‘Boys are immunised, too, so that they won't be a source of infection to non-immune pregnant women.’
    • ‘A pregnant woman can transmit the infection to her baby during delivery.’
    • ‘Anti-inflammatory drugs are among the commonest drugs prescribed to pregnant women.’
    • ‘Now she was pregnant, too young to be legally married, and some difficult decisions would have to be made.’
    • ‘Midwives and pregnant women said that they found the booklets used in the intervention acceptable.’
    • ‘My wife and I were overjoyed when we did a pregnancy test confirming she was pregnant with our second child.’
    • ‘My problem now is that my youngest daughter is pregnant and she and her partner are getting married next year.’
    • ‘Free fruit through a supermarket voucher scheme is also planned for pregnant women and for preschool children.’
    • ‘Quinine alone is recommended now only for pregnant women, for whom no satisfactory alternatives exist.’
    • ‘The Department of Health advises pregnant women, to eat according to their appetite and to keep an eye on weight gain.’
    • ‘All pregnant women, whatever their age, should be offered screening before 20 weeks.’
    • ‘The occurrence of pruritus in pregnant women should be the subject of routine inquiry, and when present acted on.’
    expecting a baby, having a baby, with a baby on the way, having a child, expectant, carrying a child
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  • 2Full of meaning; significant or suggestive.

    ‘a pregnant pause’
    • ‘a development pregnant with implications’
    • ‘This muteness is unsettling, somehow pregnant with infinite meaning and utterly devoid of any at all.’
    • ‘The direction perks up in the second half but overall allows too many pregnant pauses by the actors.’
    • ‘Fortunately, Shane comes to the rescue with a well timed pregnant pause - or is he asleep?’
    • ‘There was the most pregnant of pauses as the camera panned along the faces in the panel.’
    • ‘There was a pregnant pause, then Caitlin sighed sadly, reaching out to trace a finger over the figure on the screen.’
    • ‘What is left unsaid, is communicated through glances, silences and pregnant pauses.’
    • ‘There was a pregnant pause, and he continued, voice a little shaky.’
    filled, charged, heavy, fraught, replete, teeming
    meaningful, significant, eloquent
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/ˈpreɡnənt/ /ˈprɛɡnənt/


Late Middle English from Latin praegnant-, probably from prae ‘before’ + the base of gnasci ‘be born’.