V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to give a small amount of a disease to a person or animal as a protection against that disease; 2. to introduce an idea into someone's mind in hope that the idea or lesson will [figuratively] grow and become part of the person

Synonyms: immunize, vaccinate, aid, inject, prevent [sickness], protect, ingrain, introduce, insert, implant


Tips: Inoculate is derived from the Latin inoculare, which means "graft in, implant." To inoculate someone means to implant them with something, whether figuratively, with an idea, or literally, with a vaccine against an illness.

Usage Examples:

Before entering school, all children must be inoculated against measles. (immunized, vaccinated)

The parents tried to inoculate the boy with their beliefs. (ingrain)

My college professors inoculated me with a wealth of information. (ingrained, injected)

The nurse tried to inoculate the little boy, but he resisted the large needle. (immunize, vaccinate, inject)

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