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 vaccinate (audio) \ noun

Examples of vaccinate in a Sentence

We vaccinate all the animals that come to our shelter.
Recent Examples on the Web India has also been slow to vaccinate its population, with just 3% fully vaccinated against the virus and 13% with at least one dose. Jemima Mcevoy, Forbes, 6 June 2021 Oregon’s quest to vaccinate enough residents to end coronavirus restrictions inched closer toward the finish line in recent days, led in large part by ZIP codes in metropolis Portland and the Willamette Valley. oregonlive, 5 June 2021 This is a group that the U.S. alone can vaccinate in the upcoming weeks, if not months. Time, 4 June 2021 Now, private companies are following suit, offering their own bonuses and sweepstakes to encourage customers to vaccinate—and to open up their wallets. Wired Staff, Wired, 4 June 2021 But three states -- Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi -- might not even vaccinate half of their adult residents with at least one dose by July 4 at their current pace. Michael Nedelman And Deidre Mcphillips, CNN, 4 June 2021 The researchers then assembled four groups of residents from these clusters and started to vaccinate each group 1 week apart, administering second doses 4 weeks after the first. Sofia Moutinho, Science | AAAS, 1 June 2021 India's Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has pledged to vaccinate at least all of the adult population by the end of the year, notwithstanding a current supply shortage. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, 1 June 2021 Since then, the group’s efforts have helped vaccinate hundreds and, perhaps, even thousands of farmworkers. Washington Post, 28 May 2021

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Vaccinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vaccinate. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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