nau·​se·​ate | \ ˈnȯ-zhē-ˌāt How to pronounce nauseate (audio) , -shē-, -zē- How to pronounce nauseate (audio) , -sē- How to pronounce nauseate (audio) \
nauseated; nauseating

Definition of nauseate

intransitive verb

1 : to become affected with nausea
2 : to feel disgust

transitive verb

: to affect with nausea or disgust

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Examples of nauseate in a Sentence

The smell of gasoline nauseates me. It nauseated him to see the way the animals were treated.
Recent Examples on the Web The smell of hogs on Chris’s clothes nauseated her. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "‘I’m gonna lose everything’," 9 Nov. 2019 The night after the charges were announced, Benson and his wife, nauseated with worry, lay side-by-side in bed, messaging on their phones with friends in Japan. Megan Rose, ProPublica, "Blame Over Justice: The Human Toll of the Navy’s Relentless Push to Punish One of Its Own," 20 Nov. 2019 In his hospital bed, Fajgenbaum felt nauseated and weak. Ryan Prior, CNN, "This med student was given last rites before finding a treatment that saved his life. His method could help millions," 14 Sep. 2019 Rowe spent the rest of the flight feeling nauseated. Hannah Denham, Washington Post, "Woman barred from American Airlines flight for her clothing denies receiving refund," 9 July 2019 As the road trip progresses, certain chapters narrated by Felipe grow almost nauseating — the risk (and perhaps the purpose) his frenzied prose — but the alternating narration serves its role quite well. Sean Mccoy, Los Angeles Times, "Review: An authoritarian leader’s shadow looms over a weary country in ‘The Remainder’," 18 July 2019 She was nauseated and covered in sweat, had lost her voice and was increasingly struggling to breathe. Ashley Fantz, CNN, "After deaths, more tourists to Dominican Republic say they were stricken with illness," 24 June 2019 Some women reported that the injection made them feel nauseated. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Drug to increase women's sex drive on track to win FDA approval," 21 June 2019 The car ran for six hours before Michael Sobik awoke nauseated. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "His keyless car killed him while he slept. New legislation could save others," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of nauseate

1625, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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9 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Nauseate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of nauseate

: to cause (someone) to feel like vomiting
: to cause (someone) to feel disgusted


nau·​se·​ate | \ ˈnȯ-zē-ˌāt How to pronounce nauseate (audio) , ˈnȯ-shē- \
nauseated; nauseating

Kids Definition of nauseate

: to cause to feel nausea That smell nauseates me.

Other Words from nauseate

nauseating adjective
nauseatingly adverb


nau·​se·​ate | \ ˈnȯ-z(h)ē-ˌāt How to pronounce nauseate (audio) , -s(h)ē- How to pronounce nauseate (audio) \
nauseated; nauseating

Medical Definition of nauseate

intransitive verb

: to become affected with nausea

transitive verb

: to affect with nausea

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