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VERB (5)

1. introduce an idea or attitude into the mind of;
- Example: "My teachers inoculated me with their beliefs"

2. introduce a microorganism into;

3. perform vaccinations or produce immunity in by inoculation;
- Example: "We vaccinate against scarlet fever"
- Example: "The nurse vaccinated the children in the school"
[syn: immunize, immunise, inoculate, vaccinate]

4. insert a bud for propagation;

5. impregnate with the virus or germ of a disease in order to render immune;


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Inoculate \In*oc"u*late\, v. i. 1. To graft by inserting buds. [1913 Webster] 2. To communicate disease by inoculation. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Inoculate \In*oc"u*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inoculated; p. pr. & vb. n. Inoculating.] [L. inoculatus, p. p. of inoculare to ingraft; pref. in- in, on + oculare to furnish with eyes, fr. oculus an eye, also, a bud. See Ocular.] 1. To bud; to insert, or graft, as the bud of a tree or plant in another tree or plant. [1913 Webster] 2. To insert a foreign bud into; as, to inoculate a tree. [1913 Webster] 3. (Med.) To communicate a disease to (a person) by inserting infectious matter in the skin or flesh, especially as a means of inducing immunological resistance to that or related diseases; as, to inoculate a person with the virus of smallpox, rabies, etc. See Vaccinate. [1913 Webster +PJC] 4. Fig.: To introduce into the mind; -- used especially of harmful ideas or principles; to imbue; as, to inoculate one with treason or infidelity. [1913 Webster] 5. (Microbiology) To introduce microorganisms into (a growth medium), to cause the growth and multiplication of the microorganisms; as, to inoculate a fermentation vat with an actinomycete culture in order to produce streptomycin. [PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

inoculate v 1: introduce an idea or attitude into the mind of; "My teachers inoculated me with their beliefs" 2: introduce a microorganism into 3: perform vaccinations or produce immunity in by inoculation; "We vaccinate against scarlet fever"; "The nurse vaccinated the children in the school" [syn: immunize, immunise, inoculate, vaccinate] 4: insert a bud for propagation 5: impregnate with the virus or germ of a disease in order to render immune
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

51 Moby Thesaurus words for "inoculate": admit, animate, beat into, brainwash, catechize, condition, ease in, embue, enliven, enter, exhilarate, fire, imbue, immunize, implant, impregnate, impress, inculcate, indoctrinate, infect, infix, inform, infuse, ingrain, inject, insert, insinuate, inspire, inspirit, instill, interject, introduce, intromit, invest, leaven, perfuse, pop in, program, put in, set in, shoot, slip in, spirit, spirit up, steep, stick in, suffuse, throw in, tuck in, vaccinate, whip in