inoculate meaning, inoculate definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( inoculates    3rd person present)   ( inoculating    present participle)   ( inoculated    past tense & past participle  ) To inoculate a person or animal means to inject a weak form of a disease into their body as a way of protecting them against the disease.      verb   (=vaccinate)  
...a program to inoculate every child in the state...      V n  
His dogs were inoculated against rabies.      be V-ed against n  
  inoculation     ( inoculations    plural)    n-var   oft N against n  
This may eventually lead to routine inoculation of children...     
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