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verb (used with object), vac·ci·nat·ed, vac·ci·nat·ing.
  1. to inoculate with the vaccine of cowpox so as to render the subject immune to smallpox.
  2. to inoculate with the modified virus of any of various other diseases, as a preventive measure.
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verb (used without object), vac·ci·nat·ed, vac·ci·nat·ing.
  1. to perform or practice vaccination.
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Origin of vaccinate

First recorded in 1800–10; back formation from vaccination
Related formspre·vac·ci·nate, verb (used with object), pre·vac·ci·nat·ed, pre·vac·ci·nat·ing.re·vac·ci·nate, verb (used with object), re·vac·ci·nat·ed, re·vac·ci·nat·ing.un·vac·ci·nat·ed, adjective
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Related Words for vaccinate

inoculate, protect, immunize, treat, inject, prevent, mitigate, variolate

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British Dictionary definitions for vaccinate


  1. to inoculate (a person) with a vaccine so as to produce immunity against a specific disease
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Derived Formsvaccinator, noun
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Word Origin and History for vaccinate


1803, back-formation from vaccination. Related: Vaccinated; vaccinating.

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vaccinate in Medicine


  1. To inoculate with a vaccine in order to produce immunity to an infectious disease such as diphtheria or typhus.
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Related formsvacci•na′tor n.
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