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ˈvæk səˌneɪtvac·ci·nate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. immunize, immunise, inoculate, vaccinateverb

    perform vaccinations or produce immunity in by inoculation

    "We vaccinate against scarlet fever"; "The nurse vaccinated the children in the school"


  1. Vaccinateverb

    To inoculate with the cowpox by means of a virus, called vaccine, taken either directly or indirectly from cows; now, generally, to administer (by injection or otherwise) any vaccine with the objective of rendering the recipient immune to an infectious disease. One who has been thus immunized by vaccination is said to be vaccinated against a particular disease. One may be thus immunized (vaccinated) also by oral ingestion or inhalation of a vaccine.


  1. vaccinateverb

    Treat with a vaccine to produce immunity against a disease.


  1. Vaccinate

    A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins, or one of its surface proteins. The agent stimulates the body's immune system to recognize the agent as a threat, destroy it, and to further recognize and destroy any of the microorganisms associated with that agent that it may encounter in the future. Vaccines can be prophylactic (to prevent or ameliorate the effects of a future infection by a natural or "wild" pathogen), or therapeutic (to fight a disease that has already occurred, such as cancer). Some vaccines offer full sterilizing immunity, in which infection is prevented completely.The administration of vaccines is called vaccination. Vaccination is the most effective method of preventing infectious diseases; widespread immunity due to vaccination is largely responsible for the worldwide eradication of smallpox and the restriction of diseases such as polio, measles, and tetanus from much of the world. The effectiveness of vaccination has been widely studied and verified; for example, vaccines that have proven effective include the influenza vaccine, the HPV vaccine, and the chickenpox vaccine. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that licensed vaccines are currently available for twenty-five different preventable infections.The folk practice of inoculation against smallpox was brought from Turkey to Britain in 1721 by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. The terms vaccine and vaccination are derived from Variolae vaccinae (smallpox of the cow), the term devised by Edward Jenner (who both developed the concept of vaccines and created the first vaccine) to denote cowpox. He used the phrase in 1798 for the long title of his Inquiry into the Variolae vaccinae Known as the Cow Pox, in which he described the protective effect of cowpox against smallpox. In 1881, to honor Jenner, Louis Pasteur proposed that the terms should be extended to cover the new protective inoculations then being developed. The science of vaccine development and production is termed vaccinology.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vaccinateverb

    to inoculate with the cowpox by means of a virus, called vaccine, taken either directly or indirectly from cows

  2. Etymology: [See Vaccine.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vaccinate

    vak′si-nāt, v.t. to inoculate with the cowpox as a preventive against smallpox.—adjs. Vaccig′enous, producing vaccine; Vac′cinal, pertaining to vaccine or to vaccination.—ns. Vaccinā′tion; Vac′cinātor, one who vaccinates.—adj. Vac′cine, pertaining to or derived from cows: of or relating to vaccinia or vaccination.—n. the virus of cowpox or vaccinia used in the process of vaccination.—n. Vaccin′ia, an eruptive disease occurring in cattle—also Vaccī′na. [L. vaccīnusvacca, a cow.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vaccinate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

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    The numerical value of vaccinate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of vaccinate in a Sentence

  1. Ashish Jha:

    If we just don't vaccinate, then obviously one of the things we've known is we get big outbreaks, you can get more variants, it's going to be hard to do those large gatherings, indoor concerts, outdoor baseball games, this stuff will get much, much harder if we do not make more progress on vaccinations.

  2. Alejandro Costa:

    If we have to vaccinate Kinshasa, that would be a trigger, we don't have enough vaccine. Kinshasa has a population of 12 million to 14 million people and we only have today around six million doses.

  3. Luan Matos de Menezes:

    Those of us who are at the Covid frontline are seeing a lot of people dying because they did not vaccinate.

  4. An NHS spokeswoman:

    As the CMO has said, the main barrier to vaccine delivery will be availability of the vaccine, and it is completely untrue that staffing constraints are currently standing in the way of vaccine rollout, with the NHS ready to deliver vaccine as supply becomes available, the NHS is off to a strong start vaccinating one million people and now beginning the rapid rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca, which will enable us to vaccinate millions more people with the support of tens of thousands of vaccinators.

  5. Richard Pan:

    When they hear that you chose to vaccinate, they'll consider it because you're part of their social circle, that becomes the social norm for your immediate social circle.

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