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 inoculated
Forty million Americans were inoculated, unnecessarily as it turned out.
Troops traveling north from the Carolinas were soon stopping in Virginia to be inoculated before continuing on.
He had his wife, Martha, inoculated in Philadelphia, and she came through the process healthy.
Before the end of 1777, nearly 40,000 troops had been inoculated.
In fact, we have been inoculated from the experience of contagion.When TB Was a Death Sentence: An Excerpt From ‘The Remedy’|Thomas Goetz|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The prisoners were inoculated in Turkey against typhoid fever and smallpox.Turkish Prisoners in Egypt|Various
Dimsdale inoculated many of his patients a second time, and produced the local pustule again, as at first.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)|Charles Creighton
The farmer's animals were all inoculated, as were those on several neighboring farms, and there were no further losses.Frying Pan Farm|Elizabeth Brown Pryor
He it was who inoculated Radville with the habit of buying manufactured candies.The Fortune Hunter|Louis Joseph Vance
Sin, purity, holiness unimaginable, these had already been inoculated into the Jewish mind.The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols)|Thomas De Quincey
Word Origin 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.