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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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 That number has increased over the past three school years -- practically since Oregon mandated parents or guardians follow certain guidelines to claim that their child should not be vaccinated for a nonmedical reason. Molly Harbarger, OregonLive.com, "Oregon rates of non-immunized children continues to rise," 29 May 2018 Related The survey found that even though flu vaccines are recommended every year for just about everybody, 53 percent did not get vaccinated against influenza in the last season. NBC News, "Public support for vaccines drops a bit," 21 May 2018 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone over the age of 6 months be vaccinated. City News Service, Ramona Sentinel, "Another 13 flu deaths, county reports," 15 Mar. 2018 Laws were passed in France, Germany and Italy requiring that parents vaccinate their children or at least consult a doctor about doing so. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, "Measles Cases in Europe Quadrupled in 2017," 23 Feb. 2018 All children older than 6 months should be vaccinated, Kurian said, unless there are complicating medical conditions. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "Air Force physicians’ child was season’s first Bexar flu death," 12 Feb. 2018 Experts strongly recommend that everyone over the age of six months be vaccinated. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Why are people dying from the flu? It's happened even to those outside the at-risk groups," 10 Feb. 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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