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

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Other Words from vaccinate

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

Examples of vaccinate in a Sentence

We vaccinate all the animals that come to our shelter.

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Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey Howard has said prevention efforts, including vaccinating the at-risk, would continue because cases could still rebound. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "Hepatitis A death toll in Kentucky reaches 58 in state's latest report," 5 June 2019 Given that so many of these cancers are associated with HPV infections, experts also stress the importance of getting the HPV vaccine and vaccinating your kids, which helps protect against the strains of HPV that are most likely to cause cancer. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Country Singer’s Sore Throat Turned Out to Be a Sign of Cancer," 24 Jan. 2019 Then the contacts of those vaccinated people are tracked down and vaccinated. NBC News, "Ebola virus outbreak likely over in Congo, WHO says," 6 July 2018 Types 2 and 3 have been vaccinated into extinction; Type 1 remains at large. Time, "How Nigeria's Start-Stop Immunization Battle Is Winning the War to Eradicate Polio in Africa," 5 May 2018 The best way to prevent hepatitis A is to get vaccinated, according to the CDC. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS students have more time to get hepatitis A vaccine," 26 June 2018 Tens of thousands of people from all walks of life rushed to get vaccinated. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hepatitis crisis has subsided, dispute over who's to blame hasn't," 16 May 2018 Early-season data estimated that only 38.5 percent of adults were vaccinated. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Last year’s flu was brutal—killing 80,000—but vaccine did better than expected," 27 Sep. 2018 That's why doctors strongly recommend that children and young adults be vaccinated against HPV; a vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2006. Laurie Mcginley, latimes.com, "HPV test is better than Pap smear at detecting precancerous cervical changes, study says," 3 July 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 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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