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

 

inoculate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪˈnɒkjuleɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɑːkjuleɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inoculate
BrE BrE//ɪˈnɒkjuleɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɑːkjuleɪt//
 
he / she / it inoculates
BrE BrE//ɪˈnɒkjuleɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɑːkjuleɪts//
 
past simple inoculated
BrE BrE//ɪˈnɒkjuleɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɑːkjuleɪtɪd//
 
past participle inoculated
BrE BrE//ɪˈnɒkjuleɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɑːkjuleɪtɪd//
 
-ing form inoculating
BrE BrE//ɪˈnɒkjuleɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɑːkjuleɪtɪŋ//
 
Ailments and diseases, Being ill
 
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inoculate somebody (against something) 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 See related entries: Ailments and diseases, Being ill Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘graft a bud or shoot into a different plant’): from Latin inoculat- ‘grafted’, from the verb inoculare, from in- ‘into’ + oculus ‘eye, bud’. The sense ‘vaccinate’ dates from the early 18th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: inoculate