verb (used with object), nau·se·at·ed, nau·se·at·ing.
- to affect with nausea; sicken.
- to cause to feel extreme disgust: His vicious behavior toward the dogs nauseates me.
verb (used without object), nau·se·at·ed, nau·se·at·ing.
- to become affected with nausea.
- (tr) to arouse feelings of disgust or revulsion in
- to feel or cause to feel sick
v.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.” adj.
- Affected with nausea.
- To feel or cause to feel nausea.