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Meaning of INOCULATE

Pronunciation:  i'nâkyu`leyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  impregnate with the virus or germ of a disease in order to render immune
  2. [v]  insert a bud for propagation
  3. [v]  perfomr vaccinations or produce immunity in by inoculation; "We vaccinate against scarlet fever"; "The nurse vaccinated the children in the school"
  4. [v]  introduce a micro-organism into
  5. [v]  introduce an idea or attitude into the mind of; "My teachers inoculated me with their beliefs"

INOCULATE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: immunise, immunize, vaccinate
 See Also: enclose, impregnate, inclose, inform, inject, insert, introduce, propagate, put in, seed, shoot, stick in



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*oc"u*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inoculated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Inoculating},.] [L. inoculatus, p. p. of
    inoculare to ingraft; pref. in- in,on + oculare to furnish
    with eyes, fr. oculus an eye, also, a bud. See {Ocular}.]
    1. To bud; to insert, or graft, as the bud of a tree or plant
       in another tree or plant.
    2. To insert a foreign bud into; as, to inoculate a tree.
    3. (Med.) To communicate a disease to ( a person ) by
       inserting infectious matter in the skin or flesh; as, to
       inoculate a person with the virus of smallpox,rabies, etc.
       See {Vaccinate}.
    4. Fig.: To introduce into the mind; -- used especially of
       harmful ideas or principles; to imbue; as, to inoculate
       one with treason or infidelity.
  2. \In*oc"u*late\, v. i.
    1. To graft by inserting buds.
    2. To communicate disease by inoculation.
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