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[in-dok-truh-neyt] /ɪnˈdɒk trəˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), indoctrinated, indoctrinating.
to instruct in a doctrine, principle, ideology, etc., especially to imbue with a specific partisan or biased belief or point of view.
to teach or inculcate.
to imbue with learning.
Origin of indoctrinate
1620-30; in-2 + Medieval Latin doctrīnātus past participle of doctrīnāre to teach; see doctrine, -ate1
Related forms
indoctrination, noun
indoctrinator, noun
reindoctrinate, verb (used with object), reindoctrinated, reindoctrinating.
unindoctrinated, adjective
Can be confused
inculcate, indoctrinate.
1. brainwash, propagandize. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for indoctrinate
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  • She comes to indoctrinate you, to put you against me, is it not so?

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • So one of your trained psychopropagandists can indoctrinate me?

    Victory Lester del Rey
  • She begged him to indoctrinate his successor, Mr. Edward Stanhope.

  • "Oh, certainly; I will indoctrinate Dolly," said the Doctor.

    Poganuc People Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • In broad terms, all these publications were designed to indoctrinate specific groups of people, generally in their places of work.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • Press and radio as instruments to indoctrinate effectively reach the masses.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • I have already taken occasion to indoctrinate my reader on the subject of what I deem the most perfect species of table d'hte.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for indoctrinate


verb (transitive)
to teach (a person or group of people) systematically to accept doctrines, esp uncritically
(rare) to impart learning to; instruct
Derived Forms
indoctrination, noun
indoctrinator, noun
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Word Origin and History for indoctrinate

1620s, "to teach," from in- (2) "in" + Latin doctrina "teaching" (see doctrine). Meaning "to imbue with an idea or opinion" first recorded 1832. Related: Indoctrinated; indoctrinating. The earlier verb was indoctrine (c.1500).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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