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inculcate

[ in-kuhl-keyt, in-kuhl-keyt ]
/ 瑟n藞k蕦l ke瑟t, 藞瑟n k蕦l藢ke瑟t /
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verb (used with object), in路cul路cat路ed, in路cul路cat路ing.
to implant by repeated statement or admonition; teach persistently and earnestly (usually followed by upon or in): to inculcate virtue in the young.
to cause or influence (someone) to accept an idea or feeling (usually followed by with): Socrates inculcated his pupils with the love of truth.
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Origin of inculcate

First recorded in 1540鈥50; from Latin inculc膩tus, past participle of inculc膩re 鈥渢o trample, impress, stuff in,鈥 equivalent to in- 鈥渋n鈥 + culc- (variant, in noninitial position, of calc-, stem of calx 鈥渉eel鈥) + -膩tus past participle suffix; see in-2, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM inculcate

in路cul路ca路tion, nounin路cul路ca路tive [in-kuhl-kuh-tiv], /瑟n藞k蕦l k蓹 t瑟v/, in路cul路ca路to路ry, adjectivein路cul路ca路tor, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH inculcate

inculcate , indoctrinate
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British Dictionary definitions for inculcate

inculcate
/ (藞瑟nk蕦l藢ke瑟t, 瑟n藞k蕦lke瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to instil by forceful or insistent repetition

Derived forms of inculcate

inculcation, nouninculcator, noun

Word Origin for inculcate

C16: from Latin inculc膩re to tread upon, ram down, from in- 虏 + calc膩re to trample, from calx heel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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