• (British) IPA: /ɪˈnɒkjuleɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ɪˈnɑːkjuleɪt/

inoculate (inoculates, present participle inoculating; past and past participle inoculated)

  1. (transitive, immunology) To introduce an antigenic substance or vaccine into something (e.g. the body) or someone, such as to produce immunity to a specific disease. [from c. 1722]
  2. (transitive, by extension) To safeguard or protect something as if by inoculation.
  3. To add one substance to another; to spike.
    The culture medium was inoculated with selenium to investigate the rate of uptake.
  4. To graft by inserting buds. [from c. 1420]
    to inoculate the bud of one tree or plant into another
    to inoculate a tree
  5. (figurative) To introduce into the mind (used especially of harmful ideas or principles); to imbue; to implant. [from a. 1600]
    to inoculate someone with treason or infidelity

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