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- irrigate (v.)
- "supply land with water," 1610s, from Latin irrigatus, past participle of irrigare "lead water to, refresh, irrigate, flood," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + rigare "to water, to moisten," of uncertain origin, perhaps cognate with rain. Related: Irrigated; irrigating. In Middle English it was an adjective, "watered, flooded" (mid-15c.).
- 1. He also wants to use the water to irrigate barren desert land.
- 2. The farmer dug several trenches to irrigate the rice fields.
- 3. They have built canals to irrigate the desert.
- 4. None of the water from Lake Powell is used to irrigate the area.
- 5. Some plains rivers regularly fertillize and irrigate surrounding areas with their floods.
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