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 That institution is hoping to vaccinate 20,000 people every week for three weeks. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, "Rutgers, Cornell mandate COVID-19 vaccines for students. Is this the new norm for college?," 7 Apr. 2021 With a population of just over 1 million, Contra Costa now is able to vaccinate 100,000 people a week, Tzvieli said, and has recently opened eligibility to everyone over 16. Los Angeles Times, "Far fewer California seniors are getting vaccinated in ‘red’ counties than urban areas," 7 Apr. 2021 The church was able to vaccinate 60 people across a variety of ages. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, "Building trust: How Indy organizations are working to vaccinate communities of color," 4 Apr. 2021 But the rapid uptick in variant cases should be an urgent reminder to people to remain vigilant while the county and state try to quickly vaccinate people and prevent another surge in cases, said Dr. Sara Cody, the Santa Clara County health officer. Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, "Santa Clara County officials warn of possible fourth 'swell' as variants rise," 1 Apr. 2021 For a country still struggling to vaccinate its people, vaccine passports solve the wrong problem. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "A Vaccine Passport Would Be an Ethical Disaster Right Now," 31 Mar. 2021 The Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines work very well against this variant, and the U.S. has been using them to vaccinate more than 3 million people a day. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "The Fourth Surge Is Upon Us. This Time, It’s Different.," 30 Mar. 2021 The goal is to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible. Washington Post, "What to know before heading into your vaccine appointment," 29 Mar. 2021 Taken together, the supply would be enough to vaccinate 650 million people — nearly twice the U.S. population. New York Times, "For Biden, a New Virus Dilemma: How to Handle a Looming Glut of Vaccine," 26 Mar. 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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9 Apr 2021

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“Vaccinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vaccinate. Accessed 16 Apr. 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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