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in•cul•cate /ɪnˈkʌlkeɪt, ˈɪnkʌlˌkeɪt/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -cat•ed, -cat•ing. 
  1. to fix in the mind by repeated statements:to inculcate virtue in the young.
in•cul•ca•tion /ˌɪnkʌlˈkeɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•cul•cate  (in kulkāt, inkul kāt′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -cat•ed, -cat•ing. 
  1. to implant by repeated statement or admonition; teach persistently and earnestly (usually fol. by upon or in):to inculcate virtue in the young.
  2. to cause or influence (someone) to accept an idea or feeling (usually fol. by with):Socrates inculcated his pupils with the love of truth.
in′cul•cation, n. 
in•cul•ca•tive  (in kulkə tiv),USA pronunciation  in•culca•to′ry, adj.  in•culca•tor, n. 
  • Latin inculcātus past participle of inculcāre to trample, impress, stuff in, equivalent. to in- in-2 + culc- (variant, in noninitial position, of calc-, stem of calx heel) + -ātus -ate1
  • 1540–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged instill, infix, ingrain.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

inculcate /ˈɪnkʌlˌkeɪt; ɪnˈkʌlkeɪt/ vb
  1. (transitive) to instil by forceful or insistent repetition
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin inculcāre to tread upon, ram down, from in-² + calcāre to trample, from calx heel

ˌinculˈcation n ˈinculˌcator n

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