Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To render immune.
  • transitive v. To produce immunity in, as by inoculation.
  • transitive v. Law To grant immunity from prosecution: immunize a witness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make someone or something immune to something.
  • v. To inoculate someone, as thus produce immunity from a disease.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To produce immunity in; render immune.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. perform vaccinations or produce immunity in by inoculation
  • v. law: grant immunity from prosecution

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Examples

  • And if China were to designate John Yoo and Marc Thiessen as "enemy combatants," would the use of this invented designation immunize Chinese authorities from criminal liability for water boarding Thiessen and Yoo?

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  • These kindly folk are positive that Obama's push to reform health care and take back billions from bloated HMOs is actually a secret plot to infect the entire populace with H1N1 so liberals can then "immunize" them against it, which will serve to make you suddenly feel a mad desire to install solar panels on your roof and start composting your pizza boxes and buy a Prius and actually sort of like it.

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  • Dr. John Hallenbeck, chief of the stroke branch of NINDS, is taking a unique approach, attempting to "immunize" blood vessels against stroke by focusing not on blood coagulation but on the artery walls themselves.

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  • So he asked if he could "immunize" dogs from this learned helplessness.

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  • But I do suspect that there is at least one document out there purporting to "immunize" interrogators from culpability for such activity:

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  • They do not kill the insect; instead they "immunize" it against parasites that live inside it for part of their life cycle.

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  • EDIT: that said, i do use the "immunize" feature of spybot s&d, which does add entries to the hosts file (in some cases i have it seen it ignore the hosts file tho), because it doesn't hurt (unless of course one of the sites in the hosts file is legitimate and you are trying to go there, it makes it unplesant to diagnose why its not working)

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  • Continuing to exercise will actually "immunize" you against the discomfort you feel when you first start out.

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  • Just curious how big of an opportunity do you see here, particularly as it seems like pension plans are increasingly looking to kind of immunize their liability, so maybe that suggests we're going to see more of a secular shift in favor of fixed income.

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  • Holder was also asked whether he believed that the US president had the constitutional power to "immunize" an intelligence officer to carry out an act of torture on a terror suspect.

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