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inoculate (someone) with (something)
To vaccinate someone so that they become immune to a particular disease (named after "with"). The kids have been inoculated against measles, mumps, and rubella with the MMR vaccine.
inoculate against (something)
To vaccinate someone so that they become immune to a particular disease (named after "against"). A noun or pronoun can be used between "inoculate" and "against." No, I never had chicken pox as a kid, so I've been inoculated against it. The MMR vaccine inoculates children against measles, mumps, and rubella.
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inoculate someone against something
to immunize someone against a disease. We need to inoculate all the children against whooping cough. Have you been inoculated against measles?
inoculate someone with something
to use a particular substance in immunizing someone against a disease. Donna inoculated Richard and Nancy with yellow fever vaccine for their trip. She also inoculated Sam with something to prevent malaria.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.