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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Frequently Asked Questions About nauseate

Is one nauseous or nauseated?

Some usage guides have held that there should be a strict distinction between nauseous and nauseated, with the first word meaning "causing nausea or disgust" and the second one meaning "affected with nausea." However, nauseous has been in widespread enough use for both of these senses that this distinction is now quite blurred. Nauseous may mean either "causing nausea" or "affected with nausea"; nauseated, on the other hand, is restricted in meaning to "affected with nausea; feeling disgust."

What is the verb for nauseous?

The verb form of nauseous is nauseate, meaning "to affect with nausea or disgust." It comes from the Latin word meaning "seasickness, nausea," which itself may be traced back to the Greek word for "sailor" (nautēs).

"Is nausea a noun?"

Nausea is a noun, meaning "a stomach distress with distaste for food and an urge to vomit" or "extreme disgust." A number of other nouns are closely related in meaning, including nauseant ("something that causes nausea"), nauseousness ("an instance of nausea"), and nauseatingness ("the quality or state of being nauseating").

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 This clip ought to nauseate any constitutionalist: Even Hillary Clinton would not have gone so far as to treat the Constitution as a joke. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Kamala Harris Is Far Worse Than Hillary Clinton," 14 Aug. 2020 A few weeks later, in early February, Deng, the nurse, was preparing to eat dinner at the hospital office when the sight of food left her nauseated. Vivian Wang,, "China health workers’ stories reflect unpredictability of illness," 14 Mar. 2020 Money managers at the firm have been telling clients to stick with their current investment plan even as the stock market drops and rebounds, creating a whipsaw effect that’s enough to nauseate even the sturdiest investors. Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus is slamming markets. What’s an investor to do?," 12 Mar. 2020 Patients have become weak, short of breath and sometimes nauseated. Denise Grady, New York Times, "Dank Vapes, TKO and Other THC Vaping Brands Are Linked to Illnesses, C.D.C. Says," 27 Sep. 2019 Then, in 2013, after a fitness boxing class, Amanda, then 43, felt extremely nauseated and dizzy. Meryl Davids Landau, Woman's Day, "Mental Health Issues Are the Menopausal Side Affect We're Not Talking About," 27 Jan. 2020 About 11 percent of the riders got nauseated or, for other reasons, asked that the car be stopped. New York Times, "Avoiding Carsickness When the Cars Drive Themselves," 17 Jan. 2020 She was nauseated and vomiting when she was taken to the emergency room of St. Charles Bend. Bend Bulletin, oregonlive, "Family sues Bend hospital for $26.5 million after woman died following breast infection," 31 Dec. 2019 Spectators were left spellbound or nauseated as the face—gaunt and desiccated but nevertheless that of a recognizable human being, dead for many thousands of years—was gradually revealed from beneath its protective garments. National Geographic, "Europe's morbid 'mummy craze' has been an obsession for centuries," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of nauseate

1625, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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“Nauseate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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