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inculcate

verb in·cul·cate \in-ˈkəl-ˌkāt, ˈin-(ˌ)\

: to cause (something) to be learned by (someone) by repeating it again and again

in·cul·cat·edin·cul·cat·ing

Full Definition of INCULCATE

transitive verb
:  to teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
in·cul·ca·tion \ˌin-(ˌ)kəl-ˈkā-shən\ noun
in·cul·ca·tor \in-ˈkəl-ˌkā-tər, ˈin-(ˌ)\ noun
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Examples of INCULCATE

  1. The teacher inculcated in her students the importance of good study habits.
  2. <dedicated teachers inculcating young minds with a love of learning>

Origin 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

implant, inculcate, instill, inseminate, infix mean to introduce into the mind. implant implies teaching that makes for permanence of what is taught <implanted a love of reading in her students>. inculcate implies persistent or repeated efforts to impress on the mind <tried to inculcate in him high moral standards>. instill stresses gradual, gentle imparting of knowledge over a long period of time <instill traditional values in your children>. inseminate applies to a sowing of ideas in many minds so that they spread through a class or nation <inseminated an unquestioning faith in technology>. infix stresses firmly inculcating a habit of thought <infixed a chronic cynicism>.

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