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 President Donald Trump said his administration expects to be able to vaccinate every American against the novel coronavirus by April. Bloomberg.com, "U.S. New Cases Quicken; French Minister Infected: Virus Update," 17 Sep. 2020 For instance, states may want to enable dentists, dental hygienists and even medical school students and veterinarians to vaccinate people. Maggie Fox, CNN, "Here's why a vaccine will not stop the Covid-19 pandemic right away," 15 Sep. 2020 But public fears that a vaccine is unsafe or ineffective could be disastrous, derailing the effort to vaccinate millions of Americans. Lauran Neegaurd, Detroit Free Press, "AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine study paused after one illness," 9 Sep. 2020 In 2009 and 2010, the CDC scaled up to vaccinate 81 million people against pandemic H1N1 influenza. Author: Liz Szabo, Anchorage Daily News, "Health officials worry that the US isn’t ready for a COVID-19 vaccine," 3 Sep. 2020 Now, a years-long effort to vaccinate the monkeys against yellow fever has been put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. Jill Langlois, National Geographic, "Pandemic threatens half-century of efforts to protect rare monkeys," 24 Aug. 2020 But public fears that a vaccine is unsafe or ineffective could be disastrous, derailing the effort to vaccinate millions of Americans. Lauran Neegaurd, Detroit Free Press, "AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine study paused after one illness," 9 Sep. 2020 In the European Union, which committed in 2009 to vaccinate at least 75% of residents ages 65 and older, only 45% of people in that group received vaccines in 2018. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, "This might be your most important flu shot ever," 8 Sep. 2020 In 2009 and 2010, the CDC scaled up to vaccinate 81 million people against pandemic H1N1 influenza. Author: Liz Szabo, Anchorage Daily News, "Health officials worry that the US isn’t ready for a COVID-19 vaccine," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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23 Sep 2020

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“Vaccinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vaccinate. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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vaccinate

verb
How to pronounce vaccinate (audio)

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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