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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To give a healthy person or animal a small amount of weakened disease germs to protect them from the disease.

Usage examples (38)
  • During an epidemic, doctors are instructed to inoculate each resident of the refugee camp.
  • "As long as the amount you inoculate is small, the spread to other organs is minimal, and the risk of systemic toxicity is almost zero."
  • And remember, one meaning of the word "inoculate" is "to give them eyes".
  • So, when you first plant a particular leguminous tree on your farm, you should "inoculate" the seeds before planting. for more
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