immunize

[im-yuh-nahyz, ih-myoo-nahyz]
verb (used with object), immunized, immunizing.
1.
to make immune.
2.
to render harmless or ineffective; neutralize.
3.
Law. to grant (a witness) immunity.
Also, especially British, immunise.


Origin:
1890–95; immune + -ize

immunizer, noun
hyperimmunize, verb (used with object), hyperimmunized, hyperimmunizing.
nonimmunized, adjective
overimmunize, verb (used with object), overimmunized, overimmunizing.
unimmunized, adjective
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immunize or immunise (ˈɪmjʊˌnaɪz)
 
vb
to make immune, esp by inoculation
 
immunise or immunise
 
vb
 
immuni'zation or immunise
 
n
 
immuni'sation or immunise
 
n
 
'immunizer or immunise
 
n
 
'immuniser or immunise
 
n

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immunize im·mu·nize (ĭm'yə-nīz')
v. im·mu·nized, im·mu·niz·ing, im·mu·niz·es

  1. To render immune.

  2. To produce immunity in, as by inoculation.


im'mu·ni·za'tion (-nĭ-zā'shən) n.
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immunization   (ĭm'yə-nĭ-zā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The process of inducing immunity to an infectious organism or agent in an individual or animal through vaccination.

  2. A vaccination that induces immunity. A recommended schedule of immunizations for infants and young children includes vaccines against diphtheria, polio, tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella.


immunize verb
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Example sentences
The family had chosen not to immunize, and the week she was born, her siblings
  both had whooping cough.
If you haven't inherited the genes for resisting a particular pathogen, no
  amount of exposure will immunize you.
These guarantees, it is often thought, immunize the courts from the prevailing
  political winds.
First, they've said, they think he's lying and they don't immunize liars.
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