Pronunciation: (in-kul'kāt, in'kul-kāt"),[key] —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.