nau·​se·​ate | \ˈnȯ-zhē-ˌāt, -shē-, -zē-, -sē- \
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

Keep scrolling for more

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 ride between her former unit and this one hadn’t been more than a couple of minutes, but she was nauseated. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Inside a Radical Experiment to Transform the Lives of Incarcerated Women," 22 Aug. 2018 That anyone could think us a romance nauseated me, while crime and drama seemed overblown. Bindu Bansinath, New York Times, "How ‘Lolita’ Freed Me From My Own Humbert," 16 Feb. 2018 The smell was so bad passengers were nauseated and allegedly began to faint, according to Newsweek. Alexia Fernandez, ajc, "A man smelled so bad a plane was diverted. Now, he’s dead from necrosis," 28 June 2018 The daughter, an emergency-room physician, knew that a few days before this trip, her father hadn’t been feeling great — he was nauseated, especially after eating. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "What Was Causing a Healthy Older Man to Be Nauseated by Food?," 13 June 2018 As the odor of rotting flesh permeated the Lockport Township High School greenhouse in early May students became disgusted and nauseated. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Blooming corpse flower emits 'disgusting' odor at Lockport Township High School," 16 May 2018 And yet pregnant women still gnaw on crackers in secret for months rather than tell others why they are nauseated. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "For Mother’s Day, a remembrance of my almost daughter.," 11 May 2018 The prosecutor with this to hide at this time in US history is enough to be nauseating even though Schneiderman resigned from his office within hours of the report posting. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "Hubris, hypocrisy and (former) NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman," 8 May 2018 As is common, I was nauseated a lot in my first trimester with twins. Stella Bugbee, The Cut, "Motherhood and the Great River of Vomit," 1 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nauseate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of nauseate

1625, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nauseate

Dictionary Entries near nauseate








Statistics for nauseate

Last Updated

25 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for nauseate

The first known use of nauseate was in 1625

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for nauseate



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, 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, -s(h)ē- \
nauseated; nauseating

Medical Definition of nauseate 

intransitive verb

: to become affected with nausea

transitive verb

: to affect with nausea

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on nauseate

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with nauseate

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for nauseate

Spanish Central: Translation of nauseate

Nglish: Translation of nauseate for Spanish Speakers

Comments on nauseate

What made you want to look up nauseate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


amusing and light sparring with words

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!