hallucinate

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verb hal·lu·ci·nate \ hə-ˈlü-sə-ˌnāt \

Definition of hallucinate

hallucinated; hallucinating
transitive verb
1 :to affect with visions or imaginary perceptions
2 :to perceive or experience as a hallucination
intransitive verb
:to have hallucinations

hallucinator

play \hə-ˈlü-sə-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of hallucinate in a Sentence

  1. The patient may hallucinate if she has a fever.

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Origin and Etymology of hallucinate

Latin hallucinatus, past participle of hallucinari, allucinari to prate, dream, modification of Greek alyein to be distressed, to wander


HALLUCINATE Defined for English Language Learners

hallucinate

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Definition of hallucinate for English Language Learners

  • : to see or sense something or someone that is not really there : to have hallucinations


Medical Dictionary

hallucinate

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verb hal·lu·ci·nate \ hə-ˈlüs-ᵊn-ˌāt \

medical Definition of hallucinate

hallucinated; hallucinating
transitive verb
1 :to affect with visions or imaginary perceptions
  • the patient is not hallucinated
2 :to perceive or experience as a hallucination
  • may hallucinate monsters or attackers
  • —M. J. Horowitz
intransitive verb
:to have hallucinations


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