inculcate

[ in-kuhl-keyt, in-kuhl-keyt ]
/ ɪnˈkʌl keɪt, ˈɪn kʌlˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), in·cul·cat·ed, in·cul·cat·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.

Origin of inculcate

1540–50; < Latin inculcātus past participle of inculcāre to trample, impress, stuff in, equivalent to in- in-2 + culc- (variant, in noninitial position, of calc-, stem of calx heel) + -ātus -ate1

SYNONYMS FOR inculcate

Related forms

in·cul·ca·tion, nounin·cul·ca·tive [in-kuhl-kuh-tiv] /ɪnˈkʌl kə tɪv/, in·cul·ca·to·ry, adjectivein·cul·ca·tor, noun

Can be confused

inculcate indoctrinate
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British Dictionary definitions for inculcative

inculcate

/ (ˈɪnkʌlˌkeɪt, ɪnˈkʌlkeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to instil by forceful or insistent repetition

Derived Forms

inculcation, nouninculcator, noun

Word Origin for inculcate

C16: from Latin inculcāre to tread upon, ram down, from in- ² + calcāre to trample, from calx heel
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