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Definition of inculcate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

inculcate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈɪnkʌlkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkʌlkeɪt//
 
(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inculcate
BrE BrE//ˈɪnkʌlkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkʌlkeɪt//
 
he / she / it inculcates
BrE BrE//ˈɪnkʌlkeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkʌlkeɪts//
 
past simple inculcated
BrE BrE//ˈɪnkʌlkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkʌlkeɪtɪd//
 
past participle inculcated
BrE BrE//ˈɪnkʌlkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkʌlkeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form inculcating
BrE BrE//ˈɪnkʌlkeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkʌlkeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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to cause somebody to learn and remember ideas, moral principles, etc., especially by repeating them often inculcate something (in/into somebody) to inculcate a sense of responsibility in somebody inculcate somebody with something to inculcate somebody with a sense of responsibility Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin inculcat- ‘pressed in’, from the verb inculcare, from in- ‘into’ + calcare ‘to tread’ (from calx, calc- ‘heel’).
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