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[naw-zee-eyt, -zhee-, -see-, -shee-] /ˈnɔ ziˌeɪt, -ʒi-, -si-, -ʃi-/
verb (used with object), nauseated, nauseating.
to affect with nausea; sicken.
to cause to feel extreme disgust:
His vicious behavior toward the dogs nauseates me.
verb (used without object), nauseated, nauseating.
to become affected with nausea.
Origin of nauseate
1630-40; < Latin nauseātus (past participle of nauseāre to be seasick). See nausea, -ate1
Related forms
unnauseated, adjective
Can be confused
nauseated, nauseous (see usage note at nauseous)
2. revolt.
2. attract, delight.
Usage note
See nauseous. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for nauseated
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  • It is a substance so unpleasant to the stomach that some persons are nauseated by its smell.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • At any other time it would have nauseated him, but now he drank to his capacity.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • I had intended to make at least one of these excursions, but I was tired, nauseated, and homesick.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
  • Fear so great that it nauseated him, swept over him in waves; but he could not move.

  • nauseated feeling commencing in throat, passing to stomach simultaneous with a congested feeling in both eyes.

  • The very thought of the half-cooked food sickened him––nauseated him.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • And all the other judges and notaries of the Court, who were nauseated by their importunity, know this very well.

  • The odor that sickened and nauseated the exploring man was everywhere.

British Dictionary definitions for nauseated


/ˈnɔːzɪˌeɪt; -sɪ-/
(transitive) to arouse feelings of disgust or revulsion in
to feel or cause to feel sick
Derived Forms
nauseating, adjective
nauseation, noun
nauseatingly, 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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nauseated in Medicine

nauseated nau·se·at·ed (nô'zē-ā'tĭd, -zhē-, -sē-, -shē-)
Affected with nausea.

nauseate nau·se·ate (nô'zē-āt', -zhē-, -sē-, -shē-)
v. nau·se·at·ed, nau·se·at·ing, nau·se·ates
To feel or cause to feel nausea.

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