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opiate

[ noun, adjective oh-pee-it, -eyt; verb oh-pee-eyt ]
/ noun, adjective ˈoʊ pi ɪt, -ˌeɪt; verb ˈoʊ piˌeɪt /
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noun
adjective
verb (used with object), o·pi·at·ed, o·pi·at·ing.
to subject to an opiate; stupefy: The violent patients were routinely opiated.
to dull or deaden: This dreadful music is opiating my spirit.
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Origin of opiate

First recorded in 1525–35; from Middle French, from Medieval Latin opiātus “bringing sleep,” equivalent to Latin opi(um) “poppy juice” + adjective suffix -ātus; see origin at opium, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM opiate

un·o·pi·at·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for opiate

opiate

noun (ˈəʊpɪɪt)
adjective (ˈəʊpɪɪt)
containing or consisting of opium
inducing relaxation; soporific
verb (ˈəʊpɪˌeɪt) (tr) rare
to treat with an opiate
to dull or deaden

Word Origin for opiate

C16: from Medieval Latin opiātus; from Latin opium poppy juice, opium
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for opiate

opiate
[ ōpē-ĭt, -āt′ ]

n.
Any of various sedative narcotics that contain opium or one or more of its natural or synthetic derivatives.
A drug, hormone, or other chemical substance that has sedative or narcotic effects similar to those containing opium or its derivatives.opioid
adj.
Of or containing opium or any of its derivatives.
Resembling opium or its derivatives in activity.
Inducing sleep or sedation; soporific.
v.
To subject to the action of an opiate.

Other words from opiate

opi•ate (-ĭt, -āt′) adj.
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