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saturate (someone or something) with (something)

1. To cause someone or something to be completely soaked by or drenched with some kind of liquid. The misting rain persisted throughout the hike, and it saturated us with water by the time got back home. The leak in the plant saturated the worker's clothes with dangerous chemicals.
2. To cause something to permeate and spread throughout some place; to fill or supply something or some place thoroughly or to the limit. My grandmother's baking always saturated the house with the most wonderful smells. You've been saturating your brain with those cartoons all morning. Go outside and play for a while!
3. In physical chemistry, to cause some substance to dissolve and unite with another substance to maximum capacity. First, we saturate the water with sugar by applying heat, then, as the solution cools, we insert strings to which sugar crystals form.
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saturate someone or something with something

to drench someone or something thoroughly with something. The rain saturated them all with cooling water. Irrigation saturated the field with the moisture they needed.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Liaw, "Short linear-cavity Q-switched fiber laser with a compact short carbon nanotube based saturable absorber," Optical Fiber Technology, vol.
ROC: radius of curvature; OC: output coupler; DM: dichroic mirror; SESAM: semiconductor saturable absorber mirror.
Two erbium-doped fibers, each 1-inch long, having -7.5dB/m loss at 1530 nm, were used as saturable absorbers.
The formaldehyde concentration in the tissue was confirmed to be gradually decreased by saturable metabolic clearance, first order reaction, and blood perfusion inside the tissue.
A saturable transport mechanism in the intestinal absorption of gabapentin is the underlying cause of the lack of proportionality between increasing dose and drug levels in plasma.
Enzymatically active paraoxonase-1 is located at the external membrane of producing cells and released by a high affinity saturable desorption mechanism.
[27] reported that the paracellular transport of metformin was saturable, and perhaps coadministration of metformin and fiber saturated paracellular transport.
Meanwhile, the absorption enhancing effect of phenylethanoid glycosides might be saturable in different intestine sites.
Kastrup, "Imaging and writing at the nanoscale with focused visible light through saturable optical transitions," Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing, Vol.
(32) The degree of protein binding is affected by both the serum drug concentration and the albumin level, with saturable protein binding occurring at higher drug levels.
More exceptionally, neurotransmitters, mainly opioids, are directly released from the brain to the blood through saturable glycoproteins (Pgp) transport system [88].
Absorption from the gastrointestinal tract appears to be a saturable process, as the amount absorbed is decreased at higher doses.