immunize

[ im-yuh-nahyz, ih-myoo-nahyz ]
/ ˈɪm yəˌnaɪz, ɪˈmyu naɪz /
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verb (used with object), im·mu·nized, im·mu·niz·ing.

to make immune.
to render harmless or ineffective; neutralize.
Law. to grant (a witness) immunity.

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Also especially British, im·mu·nise .

Origin of immunize

First recorded in 1890–95; immune + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for immunize

immunize

immunise

/ (ˈɪmjʊˌnaɪz) /

verb

to make immune, esp by inoculation

Derived forms of immunize

immunization or immunisation, nounimmunizer or immuniser, noun
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Medical definitions for immunize

immunize
[ ĭmyə-nīz′ ]

v.

To render immune.
To produce immunity in, as by inoculation.

Other words from immunize

im′mu•ni•zation (-nĭ-zāshən) n.
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