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immunize

[im-yuh-nahyz, ih-myoo-nahyz] /ˈɪm yəˌnaɪz, ɪˈmyu naɪz/
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
1890-1895
1890-95; immune + -ize
Related forms
immunizer, noun
hyperimmunize, verb (used with object), hyperimmunized, hyperimmunizing.
nonimmunized, adjective
overimmunize, verb (used with object), overimmunized, overimmunizing.
unimmunized, adjective
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Examples from the web for immunize
  • 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.
  • We now have enough vaccine for smallpox to immunize the population.
  • Scare tactic to immunize yourself and your loved ones against this syndrome or that alien disease, or all of them for that matter.
  • The stigma attached to anti-Semitism is a form of mind control used to immunize their agents and their agenda against criticism.
  • Having chicken pox does not immunize you from shingles.
  • immunize company officials who manipulate the price of stock by false statements.
  • But that does not immunize them against nasty surprises in the short run.
British Dictionary definitions for immunize

immunize

/ˈɪmjʊˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
to make immune, esp by inoculation
Derived Forms
immunization, immunisation, noun
immunizer, immuniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for immunize
v.

1889, from immune + -ize. Related: Immunized; immunizing.

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immunize in Medicine

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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immunize in Science
immunization
  (ĭm'yə-nĭ-zā'shən)   
  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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