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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Report to animal control strays that may not be vaccinated and run high risks of exposure to wild animals. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Be wary of these NC natural wonders this summer," 25 June 2018 Researchers could vaccinate thousands of people and follow them for years without seeing any disease in either the vaccine recipients or the control group. Helen Branswell, STAT, "‘You’re holding your breath’: Scientists who toiled for years on an Ebola vaccine see the first one put to the test," 22 May 2018 Among these are workfare schemes, pensions, free school meals and cash handouts, sometimes conditional on recipients sending their children to school, getting them vaccinated and the like. The Economist, "How developing countries weave social safety nets," 12 Apr. 2018 Presented by the Petco Foundation and supported by groups including the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals, this rally will offer more than 200 adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits, all vaccinated and spayed or neutered. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "7 Things to Do With Your Kids in NYC This Weekend," 22 Mar. 2018 The older kittens are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and dewormed. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Go ahead, call her a crazy cat lady: Woman refuses to leave 80 cats behind in flood," 26 Feb. 2018 Make sure small chlldren are vaccinated and their parents as well. Carlton Winfrey, Detroit Free Press, "Everything you need to know about the flu: Symptoms and more," 17 Jan. 2018 How many of the world’s 1-year-olds have been vaccinated against some disease? Sarah Mupo, STAT, "The 39 best health and science books to read this summer," 25 June 2018 Since the launch of the vaccination program on May 21, 1,826 people have been vaccinated, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo reported Wednesday. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Ebola outbreak in DRC is 'ongoing' but WHO is 'cautiously optimistic'," 8 June 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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