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  ( germinates    3rd person present)   ( germinating    present participle)   ( germinated    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If a seed germinates or if it is germinated, it starts to grow.  
Some seed varieties germinate fast, so check every day or so...      V  
First, the researchers germinated the seeds.      V n  
  germination      n-uncount   usu with supp  
The poor germination of your seed could be because the soil was too cold.     
2       verb   If an idea, plan, or feeling germinates, it comes into existence and begins to develop.  
He wrote to Eliot about a `big book' that was germinating in his mind.      V, Also V into n  
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bud, develop, generate, grow, originate, pullulate, shoot, sprout, swell, vegetate  

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