vaccinate

verb
vac·​ci·​nate | \ ˈvak-sə-ˌnāt How to pronounce vaccinate (audio) \
vaccinated; vaccinating

Definition of vaccinate

transitive verb

: to administer a vaccine to usually by injection

intransitive verb

: to perform or practice vaccination

Other Words from vaccinate

vaccinator \ ˈvak-​sə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce vaccinate (audio) \ noun

Examples of vaccinate in a Sentence

We vaccinate all the animals that come to our shelter.
Recent Examples on the Web For more than a century researchers and clinicians have attempted to find a way to vaccinate against staph infections to no avail. Fionna M. D. Samuels, Scientific American, 4 Aug. 2022 Unlike many less developed countries, the US has enough doses to vaccinate everyone as well as the necessary infrastructure to support the rollout. Ivana Kottasová And Hafsa Khalil, CNN, 8 June 2022 The documentary, from Proudfoot and Breakwater Studios, chronicles the humanitarian organization’s journey across land and time, including today’s work to vaccinate against COVID-19 and efforts for those affected by the war in Ukraine. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 18 Apr. 2022 But over the past 10 months, it has been repurposed as a site to vaccinate adults against Covid-19. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, 16 Jan. 2022 There are two main reasons to vaccinate the already vaccinated: a substantial drop in our body’s defenses or a huge hike in the virus’s offenses. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 29 Dec. 2021 There is currently adequate vaccine supply to vaccinate everyone, but wealthy nations have been hoarding enormous stores of doses. Dharushana Muthulingam, Vogue, 17 Dec. 2021 However, the road to vaccinate the country has not been easy. Arielle Mitropoulos, ABC News, 14 Dec. 2021 Dan Finkelstein, a pediatrician with Capitol Medical Group in Chevy Chase, Md., said his practice will probably receive enough doses to vaccinate less than 2 percent of its 7,500 patients who are 5- to 11-years-old. Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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7 Aug 2022

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“Vaccinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vaccinate. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for vaccinate

vaccinate

verb
vac·​ci·​nate | \ ˈvak-sə-ˌnāt How to pronounce vaccinate (audio) \
vaccinated; vaccinating

Kids Definition of vaccinate

: to give a vaccine to usually by injection

vaccinate

verb
vac·​ci·​nate | \ ˈvak-sə-ˌnāt How to pronounce vaccinate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce vaccinate (audio) , -nət How to pronounce vaccinate (audio) \

Medical Definition of vaccinate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a vaccinated individual

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