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.

Recent Examples on the Web

The best protection against the ongoing measles outbreak is to get vaccinated. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Measles Signs in Kids Every Parent Needs to Know About," 3 Apr. 2019 And there are two ways to become immune: Surviving the disease, a technique that's not recommended because of complications that can include pneumonia and a swelling of the brain called encephalitis; and getting vaccinated. Siobhan Mcandrew, USA TODAY, "Contagious student goes skiing, shopping and to class before measles rash erupts," 5 Apr. 2018 Measles, with symptoms including a fever higher than 101 degrees and a rash, is highly contagious, officials said, though people who have been vaccinated are unlikely to contract it. Washington Post, "Prince George’s passes historic budget," 24 May 2018 But as long as people who aren't vaccinated come in contact with contaminated environments or at-risk activities, the virus will continue to spread, officials said. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville is experiencing a hepatitis A epidemic. Should you get a vaccine?," 20 Apr. 2018 Most people who are vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine are protected against the virus — one dose is 78 percent effective and two doses is 88 percent effective. NBC News, "Cheerleaders warned about mumps exposure after national competition," 7 Mar. 2018 Preliminary data from five sites around the country suggest that people who got vaccinated this flu season reduced their risk of getting a serious case of influenza by 36%. Karen Kaplan, latimes.com, "The much-maligned flu shot has reduced the risk of serious illness this year by 36%, CDC says," 15 Feb. 2018 Less than half of the American public gets vaccinated, Dr. Redfield said, adding that his goal is to raise that percentage above 85% over the next several flu seasons. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "This Common Flu Virus Is a Growing Threat," 14 Feb. 2019 Protect your pets by getting them vaccinated against rabies. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan health officials see uptick in bats with rabies," 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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