[ 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.
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.

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
Related formsun·nau·se·at·ed, adjective
Can be confusednauseated nauseous (see usage note at nauseous)

Usage note Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nauseated


/ (ˈnɔːzɪˌeɪt, -sɪ-) /


(tr) to arouse feelings of disgust or revulsion in
to feel or cause to feel sick
Derived Formsnauseating, adjectivenauseation, nounnauseatingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for nauseated



1630s, "to feel sick, to become affected with nausea," from nauseat- past participle stem of Latin nauseare "to feel seasick, to vomit," also "to cause disgust," from nausea (see nausea). Related: Nauseated; nauseating; nauseatingly. In its early life it also had transitive senses of "to reject (food, etc.) with a feeling of nausea" (1640s) and "to create a loathing in, to cause nausea" (1650s). Careful writers use nauseated for "sick at the stomach" and reserve nauseous (q.v.) for "sickening to contemplate."

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Medicine definitions for nauseated (1 of 2)


[ nôzē-ā′tĭd, -zhē-, -sē-, -shē- ]


Affected with nausea.

Medicine definitions for nauseated (2 of 2)


[ nôzē-āt′, -zhē-, -sē-, -shē- ]


To feel or cause to feel nausea.
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