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

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 Most states don’t allow pharmacists to vaccinate children younger than 3 because of a federal law enacted in 2005 and amended in 2020. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 17 June 2022 While some families hesitate or refuse to vaccinate their young children, for many, the news brings a huge sigh of relief. Rob Picheta And Hafsa Khalil, CNN, 15 June 2022 In Iraq, which hosts 260,000 Syrian refugees, UNICEF also helped vaccinate Syrian children under 5 against polio. Marion Hart, Forbes, 15 June 2022 These unique considerations may result in a significant number of pharmacies unwilling or unable to vaccinate young children despite their accomplishments in vaccinating the adult and school-age populations. ABC News, 10 June 2022 There are no plans to vaccinate children under 6 months of age. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 9 June 2022 Drug stores are also expected to play a smaller role in this rollout in part because of pandemic liability protections that only authorize pharmacists to vaccinate children as young as 3 years old. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 9 June 2022 Some parents have expressed eagerness to vaccinate their children. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, 23 May 2022 Parents still are anxiously awaiting a chance to vaccinate children under 5 -- the only group not yet eligible in the United States. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 21 May 2022 See More

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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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20 Jun 2022

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“Vaccinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vaccinate. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for vaccinate

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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