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inoculate

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Definition vaccinate (inject or otherwise introduce a weakened germ or other substance to immunize)

or metaphorically to indicate protection via previous exposure — as in "She was inoculated against those dangerous ideas by early exposure in a safe environment."
  • You have a vaccine; we should be inoculated at once!
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • De Becker, whose firm provides security for public figures, puts his bodyguards through a program of what he calls stress inoculation.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • They were merely inoculating a community against an outbreak.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • That night, after dinner, they performed the inoculation, a lengthy process, without getting the slightest reaction.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • They are giving themselves a sad malady; they are inoculating themselves with the past.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And they had not only inoculated their military, they were performing forced inoculations as fast as they could get the nannites distributed.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Nita's informant among the GPs provided her with the inoculation serum months ago.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • I long regretted bitterly, and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • So the strict, book-based religion of the deuteronomists inoculated the Hebrews against the Asherah virus.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • When he launched a crusade against an outbreak of malaria, Celia inoculated schoolchildren.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • You should not have believ'd me; for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it: I loved you not.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • One month after the experiments, almost none of the subjects — a mere 3 percent — had actually gone to the health center to get inoculated.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • They worked two days in the holdingpens branding and earmarking and castrating and dehorning and inoculating.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Weeping mothers brought bawling children to the health center for inoculation.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Salk would inoculate 2 million children and the NFIP would test their blood to see if they'd become immune.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • But the boredom of regime and hygiene repelled him, and after inoculating a man for enteric, he would go away and drink unfiltered water himself.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Why didn't he get on with it, on to the entertainingly dreadful moment of inoculating the pig?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • "Tropical workers start being inoculated at Metre 150," Mr. Foster explained to the students.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • John had known him since the smallpox epidemic of 1764, when John had gone to Boston to be inoculated.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • He took him into business and tried to inoculate him with the joys of buying and selling, of outwitting other men, of judging them for a bluff, of living by maneuver.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden

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