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inculcate

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

Simple Definition of inculcate

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of inculcate

inculcatedinculcating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions

inculcation play \ˌin-(ˌ)kəl-ˈkā-shən\ noun
inculcator play \in-ˈkəl-ˌkā-tər, ˈin-(ˌ)\ noun

Examples of inculcate in a sentence

  1. The teacher inculcated in her students the importance of good study habits.

  2. <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 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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