transitive verb (-cated; -cating) Etymology: Latin inculcatus, past participle of inculcare, literally, to tread on, from in- + calcare to trample, from calc-, calx heel Date: 1539 to teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions Synonyms: see implantinculcation nouninculcator noun

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  • inculcate — means ‘to urge or impress (an idea, fact, etc.) on someone’ and is derived from the Latin word inculcare ‘to stamp with the heel’ (Latin calx). It has the fact or idea as its object, optionally followed by in, into, on, or upon: • I have tried to …   Modern English usage

  • Inculcate — In*cul cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inculcated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inculcating}.] [L. inculcatus, p. p. of inculcare to tread on; pref. in in, on + calcare to tread, fr. calx the heel; perh. akin to E. heel. Cf. 2d {Calk}, {Heel}.] To teach and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inculcate — I verb convince, direct, discipline, educate, guide, imbue, implant, impress, impress by repeated statement, impress upon the mind, imprint, inculcare, indoctrinate, infix, infuse, inspire, instill, instruct, lecture, plant, preach, prelect,… …   Law dictionary

  • inculcate — (v.) 1540s, from L. inculcatus, pp. of inculcare force upon, stamp in, tread down, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + calcare to tread, press in, from calx (1) heel. Related: Inculcated; inculcating …   Etymology dictionary

  • inculcate — implant, instill Analogous words: infuse, inoculate, imbue, leaven: *teach, instruct, educate: impart, *communicate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inculcate — [v] implant, infuse information brainwash*, break down, communicate, drill, drum into*, educate, hammer into*, impart, impress, indoctrinate, inseminate, instill, instruct, plant, program, shape up, teach, work over*; concepts 14,285 …   New thesaurus

  • inculcate — ► VERB ▪ instil (an idea or habit) by persistent instruction. DERIVATIVES inculcation noun. ORIGIN Latin inculcare press in …   English terms dictionary

  • inculcate — [in kul′kāt΄, in′kul kāt΄] vt. inculcated, inculcating [< L inculcatus, pp. of inculcare, to tread in, tread down < in , in, on + calcare, to trample underfoot < calx, heel: see CALCAR] to impress upon the mind by frequent repetition or… …   English World dictionary

  • inculcate — [[t]ɪ̱nkʌlkeɪt, AM ɪnkʌ̱l [/t]] inculcates, inculcating, inculcated VERB If you inculcate an idea or opinion in someone s mind, you teach it to them by repeating it until it is fixed in their mind. [FORMAL] [V n in n] You might try to inculcate a …   English dictionary

  • inculcate — verb (T) formal to fix ideas, principles etc in someone s mind: inculcate sth in/into: She tries very hard to inculcate traditional values into her students. | inculcate sb with sth: Schools inculcate children with patriotic ideas from an early… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • inculcate — in|cul|cate [ˈıŋkʌlkeıt US ınˈkʌl ] v [T] formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of inculcare to tread on , from calx heel ] to fix ideas, principles etc in someone s mind inculcate sth in/into sb ▪ I try to inculcate a sense …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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