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immunize

im·mu·nize

immunize

pronunciation:
Im y naIz
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part of speech: verb
inflections: immunized, immunizes, immunizing
definition: to make immune.
A nurse gave the students vaccines to immunize them against measles.
derivations: immunization (n.), immunizer (n.)
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The word immunize contains the following part:
-ize, -ise Greek verb-forming suffix that means to turn into or cause to be
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The suffix -ize , -ise forms transitive verbs from adjectives (civilize ) and nouns (crystallize ). The oldest English verbs ending in -ize were loanwords from Greek (baptize , catechize ).