[ naw-zee-eyt, -zhee-, -see-, -shee- ]
/ 藞n蓴 zi藢e瑟t, -蕭i-, -si-, -蕛i- /
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verb (used with object), nau路se路at路ed, nau路se路at路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路se路at路ed, nau路se路at路ing.
to become affected with nausea.
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Origin of nauseate

First recorded in 1630鈥40, nauseate is from the Latin word nause膩tus (past participle of nause膩re 鈥渢o be seasick鈥). See nausea, -ate1
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What does聽nauseate mean?

To nauseate means to cause nausea鈥攁 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鈥檚 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.聽

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

Example: I鈥檓 not sure what nauseated me more鈥攖he disgusting food or the server鈥檚 disgusting comments.

Where does聽nauseate come from?

The first records of the word nauseate come from the 1600s. It is thought to ultimately derive from the Greek naus铆膩, meaning 鈥渟easickness,鈥 from na没s, meaning 鈥渟hip鈥 (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鈥檙e nauseous, the very thought of eating can nauseate you even more. The figurative use of nauseate is also very common鈥攊t鈥檚 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

/ (藞n蓴藧z瑟藢e瑟t, -s瑟-) /

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

Derived forms of nauseate

nauseating, adjectivenauseation, nounnauseatingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for nauseate

[ n么z膿-膩t鈥, -zh膿-, -s膿-, -sh膿- ]

To feel or cause to feel nausea.
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