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Definition of inoculate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

inoculate

 verb
verb
NAmE//ɪˈnɑkyəˌleɪt//
 
inoculate somebody (against something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inoculate
 
he / she / it inoculates
 
past simple inoculated
 
-ing form inoculating
 
 
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to protect a person or an animal from catching a particular disease by injecting them with a mild form of the disease compare immunize, vaccinate
inoculation
 
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NAmE//ɪˌnɑkyəˈleɪʃn//
 
noun [countable, uncountable] Has the puppy had all its inoculations yet? The disease can now be prevented by inoculation.
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