[ in-dok-truh-neyt ]
/ ɪnˈdɒk trəˌneɪt /

verb (used with object), in·doc·tri·nat·ed, in·doc·tri·nat·ing.

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

in·doc·tri·na·tion, nounin·doc·tri·na·tor, nounre·in·doc·tri·nate, verb (used with object), re·in·doc·tri·nat·ed, re·in·doc·tri·nat·ing.un·in·doc·tri·nat·ed, adjective

Can be confused

inculcate indoctrinate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for indoctrinate


/ (ɪnˈdɒktrɪˌneɪt) /

verb (tr)

to teach (a person or group of people) systematically to accept doctrines, esp uncritically
rare to impart learning to; instruct

Derived Forms

indoctrination, nounindoctrinator, noun
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