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 For herd immunity, in which a population has a high percentage of people immune or vaccinated to protect against the spread of a disease, to protect against polio and diptheria, no more than 15% of a population can forgo vaccination. Tiana Lowe, Washington Examiner, "Anti-vaxxers surge past rate allowed by herd immunity: Gallup," 15 Jan. 2020 Instead, only children with medical conditions that preclude a child from being vaccinated—as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—would be granted an exemption. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Anti-vaxxers celebrate victory in NJ as pro-vaccine bill falls apart," 14 Jan. 2020 According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent pertussis is by getting vaccinated. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Elementary student is 10th whooping cough case in Oak Park and River Forest within the past month," 12 Dec. 2019 The university has had an ongoing push to get more vaccinated since the directive was announced. Jaime Adame, Arkansas Online, "2 students who 'abstain from vaccinations' challenge health directive blocking them from class during UA mumps outbreak," 10 Dec. 2019 That’s because getting vaccinated always gives some measure of immunity. oregonlive, "This year’s U.S. flu season? Australia’s results mean it could be not terrible (maybe)," 7 Nov. 2019 Whatever happened, the bottom line is that not enough people are getting vaccinated, said Mworozi, leaving the entire country vulnerable. Krista Mahr, Los Angeles Times, "Measles making a deadly comeback across Africa," 20 Oct. 2019 Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about getting vaccinated! Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Hepatitis A at outbreak levels in Jefferson County; 326 cases reported in Alabama," 20 Aug. 2019 However, doctors recommend getting vaccinated even if the shot fails to prevent the flu. Luis FerrÉ-sadurnÍ, New York Times, "Like Fevers, the Number of Flu Patients Is Rising," 30 Jan. 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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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vaccinate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vaccinate. Accessed 28 January 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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