inoculate inoculate  /ɪ ˈnɑk jə ˌleɪt/


  1. (v) introduce an idea or attitude into the mind of
  2. (v) introduce a microorganism into
  3. (v) perform vaccinations or produce immunity in by inoculation
  4. (v) insert a bud for propagation
  5. (v) impregnate with the virus or germ of a disease in order to render immune


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  1. Washington is now gearing up to respond, hoping to inoculate millions of Americans and blunt the severity of the first pandemic in four decades.
  2. Mark Humphrey AP The problem is, there won't be enough vaccine to inoculate all 300 million of us right away, and that means health officials have to prioritize.
  3. The generals are trying to inoculate themselves against the Thaksin effect.


  1. Healthy savings: Fewer lab tests

    Exposure to prices can inoculate you against overspending -- even when it's not your money.
    on June 28, 2013     Source: CNN Money

  2. Cancer-causing sex virus plunges 56% as girls get vaccine

    A vaccine for HPV is proving so successful that the top U.S. disease specialist is pushing to inoculate an entire generation of teenage girls.
    on June 24, 2013     Source: The News Journal


  1. "We're not picking on sovereign wealth funds," Paulson said. "It'sa good way to inoculate them against protectionist sentiment around the world."
    on Jun 2, 2008 By: Henry Paulson Source: FOXBusiness

  2. "Bringing on Cohen could help inoculate her from criticism by the Cheney camp," agreed Steven Clemons, director of the American Strategy Programme at the New America Foundation in a reference to the vice president and the neo-conservatives and...
    on Mar 2, 2007 By: Steve Clemons Source: Inter Press Service (subscription)

  3. "He created the Follieri Foundation and started organizing a campaign to inoculate Latin-American children against hepatitis A. My boyfriend is incredible in a lot of ways," Hathaway told Harper's Bazaar, "One of the most untouted...
    on Sep 4, 2008 By: Anne Hathaway Source: NBC

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