vaccinate

verb
vac·​ci·​nate | \ ˈvak-sə-ˌnāt \
vaccinated; vaccinating

Definition of vaccinate

transitive verb

: to administer a vaccine to usually by injection

intransitive verb

: to perform or practice vaccination

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Other Words from vaccinate

vaccinator \ ˈvak-​sə-​ˌnā-​tər \ noun

Examples of vaccinate in a Sentence

We vaccinate all the animals that come to our shelter.

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The child did not have any underlying health issues and was healthy before getting the flu but had not been vaccinated, the report states. Korin Miller, SELF, "One Child in Florida Already Died From the Flu This Season," 16 Oct. 2018 While the shot is less effective than desired against the most prevalent strain circulating, those vaccinated are less likely to die or develop severe flu symptoms that require hospitalization, say experts. Kelsey Bradshaw, San Antonio Express-News, "Flu-related deaths in Texas double," 25 Jan. 2018 The shot is less effective than desired against the most prevalent strain circulating, but those vaccinated are less likely to die or develop severe flu symptoms that require hospitalization, say experts. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "Flu-related deaths in Texas double," 22 Jan. 2018 In the event of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak, such as chickenpox, students with exemptions will not be able to attend school until the outbreak is contained or the child is vaccinated. Arlinda Smith Broady, ajc, "Four questions about back-to-school vaccinations," 10 July 2018 The Johnson County Health Department is advising residents to make sure their pets are vaccinated for rabies, after a rabid bat was found in the county. Andy Marso, kansascity, "After JoCo bat tests positive for rabies, health department warns residents of danger," 10 July 2018 The father of the baby wants to have his daughter vaccinated. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "Texas No. 1 'hotspot' for vaccine exemptions," 13 June 2018 The researchers plan to explore whether risky behavior looks different in girls who had been vaccinated compared to those who hadn’t. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Cultural barriers still stand in the way of HPV vaccine uptake," 4 Nov. 2018 The bottom line is that you should absolutely still get vaccinated even though the vaccine isn’t perfect. Korin Miller, SELF, "No, Flu Shot Side Effects Don’t Mean That the Vaccine Gave You the Flu," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of vaccinate

1882, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for vaccinate

earlier, "to inoculate with fluid from a cowpox pustule," back-formation from vaccination; in later extended sense, in part borrowed from French vacciner, verbal derivative of vaccin vaccine

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The first known use of vaccinate was in 1882

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vaccinate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of vaccinate

medical : to give (a person or an animal) a vaccine to prevent infection by a disease

vaccinate

verb
vac·​ci·​nate | \ ˈvak-sə-ˌnāt \
vaccinated; vaccinating

Kids Definition of vaccinate

: to give a vaccine to usually by injection

vaccinate

verb
vac·​ci·​nate | \ ˈvak-sə-ˌnāt \
vaccinated; vaccinating

Medical Definition of vaccinate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to inoculate (a person) with cowpox virus in order to produce immunity to smallpox
2 : to administer a vaccine to usually by injection

intransitive verb

: to perform or practice vaccination

vaccinate

noun
vac·​ci·​nate | \ ˈvak-sə-ˌnāt, -nət \

Medical Definition of vaccinate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a vaccinated individual

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