in·​cul·​cate | \ in-ˈkəl-ˌkāt How to pronounce inculcate (audio) , ˈin-(ˌ) How to pronounce inculcate (audio) \
inculcated; inculcating

Definition of inculcate

transitive verb

: to teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions

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inculcation \ ˌin-​(ˌ)kəl-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce inculcate (audio) \ noun
inculcator \ in-​ˈkəl-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce inculcate (audio) , ˈin-​(ˌ)kəl-​ \ noun

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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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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, "heel."

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The teacher inculcated in her students the importance of good study habits. dedicated teachers inculcating young minds with a love of learning
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First Known Use of inculcate

1539, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inculcate

Latin inculcatus, past participle of inculcare, literally, to tread on, from in- + calcare to trample, from calc-, calx heel

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