[ naw-zee-eyt, -zhee-, -see-, -shee- ]
/ ˈnɔ ziˌeɪt, -ʒi-, -si-, -ʃi- /
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verb (used with object), nau·se·at·ed, nau·se·at·ing.

to affect with nausea; sicken: The overwhelming smell of boiled cabbage nauseated them.
to cause to feel extreme disgust: His vicious behavior toward the dogs nauseates me.

verb (used without object), nau·se·at·ed, nau·se·at·ing.

to become affected with nausea.



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Origin of nauseate

First recorded in 1630–40, nauseate is from the Latin word nauseātus (past participle of nauseāre “to be seasick”). See nausea, -ate1
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What does nauseate mean?

To nauseate means to cause nausea—a feeling of sickness in your stomach, as if you might vomit.

The word nauseated is commonly used as an adjective to mean feeling nausea. The adjective nauseous is more commonly used to mean the same thing.

The adjective nauseating means causing nausea (nauseous can also be used to mean this, but that’s much less common).

The word nausea can also be used in a figurative way meaning a feeling of disgust, revulsion, or repulsion, and nauseate can mean to make someone feel this, meaning the same thing as the verb disgust, as in Their cruelty nauseates me. 

Much less commonly, nauseate can mean to become nauseous, as in I nauseate whenever I ride a rollercoaster. 

Example: I’m not sure what nauseated me more—the disgusting food or the server’s disgusting comments.

Where does nauseate come from?

The first records of the word nauseate come from the 1600s. It is thought to ultimately derive from the Greek nausíā, meaning “seasickness,” from naûs, meaning “ship” (the same root is the basis of the word nautical).

People can be nauseated by seasickness and many other conditions that affect the stomach, such as motion sickness, morning sickness, carsickness, anxiety, or from the side effects of medications. People are often nauseated by something they ate. When you’re nauseous, the very thought of eating can nauseate you even more. The figurative use of nauseate is also very common—it’s usually reserved for someone or something that really disgusts the speaker, especially by being immoral in some way.

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Which of the following words can be used as a synonym of nauseate?

A. sicken
B. disgust
C. repulse
D. all of the above

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British Dictionary definitions for nauseate

/ (ˈnɔːzɪˌeɪt, -sɪ-) /


(tr) to arouse feelings of disgust or revulsion in
to feel or cause to feel sick

Derived forms of nauseate

nauseating, adjectivenauseation, nounnauseatingly, adverb
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Medical definitions for nauseate

[ nôzē-āt′, -zhē-, -sē-, -shē- ]


To feel or cause to feel nausea.
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