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immunity noun

1 protection against disease

ADJ. strong | acquired, natural

VERB + IMMUNITY have The island's inhabitants had no immunity to the diseases carried by the explorers and quickly succumbed. | lack | acquire, build up, develop Once you have had a cold you build up immunity to that particular virus. | stimulate the use of vaccines to stimulate immunity | boost | lower High levels of stress may lower your immunity to common illnesses.

IMMUNITY + VERB develop A strong immunity to reinfection develops after one year.

PREP. ~ against/to The newcomers lacked immunity against local strains of the disease.

2 protection from danger/punishment

ADJ. complete, total | effective | diplomatic, legal, parliamentary Several ministers were stripped of parliamentary immunity as a prelude to facing corruption charges. | public interest The newspaper claimed public interest immunity when threatened with prosecution for publishing the story (= claimed that the public had a right to know about the story).

VERB + IMMUNITY enjoy | claim, seek | confer, give sb, grant (sb), guarantee (sb), provide | abolish, lift, strip sb of The Supreme Court lifted the company's immunity from criminal prosecution. | lose

PREP. ~ from Unions were granted immunity from prosecution for non-violent acts.