verb (used with object), in·oc·u·lat·ed, in·oc·u·lat·ing.
verb (used without object), in·oc·u·lat·ed, in·oc·u·lat·ing.
Origin of inoculate
Examples from the Web for inoculate
The commander of the Continental Army realized that if he did not inoculate his army against smallpox, he might not have an army.
But even before adults enter their senior years, children are not a surefire way to inoculate against loneliness.
The ensuing hysteria persuaded some parents not to inoculate their kids for fear of triggering autism.Twitter Crushes Anti-Vaccination Queen Jenny McCarthy|The Daily Beast|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A deeply-held belief in moral integrity does not inoculate one from mistakes, weakness and failure.Petraeus Affair Stereotypes: The General, The Flirt And The Harlot|Robin Givhan|November 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
First, the two sides understood that minimal advance assurances were needed to inoculate the meeting against a debacle.Winston Lord and Leslie H. Gelb: Nixon’s China Opening, 40 Years Later|Winston Lord, Leslie H. Gelb|February 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Upon that body and stock of inheritance we have taken care not to inoculate any scion alien to the nature of the original plant.
The father in vain attempted to inoculate him with a love of labor; but Phelim would not receive the infection.Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories|William Carleton
Formerly it was the custom to inoculate with small-pox to preserve from small-pox.Louis Pasteur|Ren Vallery-Radot
They must inoculate themselves with the virus of slow death!The Vice Bondage of a Great City or the Wickedest City in the World|Robert O. Harland
The matter would probably continue to inoculate, until dried up by the air and heat, or washed away by the rains.Sheep, Swine, and Poultry|Robert Jennings
British Dictionary definitions for inoculate
Word Origin for inoculate
Word Origin and History for inoculate
mid-15c., "implant a bud into a plant," from Latin inoculatus, past participle of inoculare "graft in, implant," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + oculus "bud," originally "eye" (see eye (n.)). Meaning "implant germs of a disease to produce immunity" first recorded (in inoculation) 1714, originally in reference to smallpox. After 1799, often used in sense of "to vaccine inoculate." Related: Inoculated; inoculating.