Simple Definition of inculcate
: to cause (something) to be learned by (someone) by repeating it again and again
Examples of inculcate in a sentence
The teacher inculcated in her students the importance of good study habits.
<dedicated teachers inculcating young minds with a love of learning>
Did You Know?
Inculcate derives from the past participle of the Latin verb inculcare, meaning "to tread on." In Latin, "inculcare" possesses both literal and figurative meanings, referring to either the act of walking over something or to that of impressing something upon the mind, often by way of steady repetition. It is the figurative sense that survives with "inculcate," which was first used in English in the 16th century. "Inculcare" was formed in Latin by combining the prefix in- with calcare, meaning "to trample," and ultimately derives from the noun calx, meaning "heel." In normal usage "inculcate" is typically followed by the prepositions "in" or "into," with the object of the preposition being the person or thing receiving the instruction.
Origin and Etymology of inculcate
Latin inculcatus, past participle of inculcare, literally, to tread on, from in- + calcare to trample, from calc-, calx heel
First Known Use: 1539
Synonym Discussion of inculcate
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