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inoculate (v.)

mid-15c., "implant a bud into a plant," from Latin inoculatus, past participle of inoculare "graft in, implant a bud or eye of one plant into another," from in- "in" (from PIE root *en "in") + oculus "bud," originally "eye" (from PIE root *okw- "to see"). Meaning "implant germs of a disease to produce immunity" is from inoculation, originally in reference to smallpox, after 1799, often used in sense of "to inoculate with a vaccine." Related: Inoculated; inoculating.

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Definitions of inoculate from WordNet

inoculate (v.)
introduce an idea or attitude into the mind of;
My teachers inoculated me with their beliefs
inoculate (v.)
introduce a microorganism into;
inoculate (v.)
perform vaccinations or produce immunity in by inoculation;
Synonyms: immunize / immunise / vaccinate
inoculate (v.)
insert a bud for propagation;
inoculate (v.)
impregnate with the virus or germ of a disease in order to render immune;
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