WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
o•pi•ate /ˈoʊpiɪt, -ˌeɪt/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Drugsa drug containing opium.
- Drugsa drug that calms one or makes one sleepy.
- anything that brings on a feeling of laziness or soothes the feelings.
(n., adj. ō′pē it, -āt′;v. ō′pē āt′),USA pronunciation n., adj., v., -at•ed, -at•ing. n.
- Drugsa drug containing opium or its derivatives, used in medicine for inducing sleep and relieving pain.
- Drugsany sedative, soporific, or narcotic.
- anything that causes dullness or inaction or that soothes the feelings.
- mixed or prepared with opium.
- inducing sleep;
- causing dullness or inaction.
- to subject to an opiate;
- to dull or deaden.
- Medieval Latin opiātus bringing sleep, equivalent. to Latin opi(um) opium + -ātus -ate1
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged drug.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged anodyne.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sedative.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged stimulant.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
opiate n /ˈəʊpɪɪt/
- any of various narcotic drugs, such as morphine and heroin, that act on opioid receptors
- any other narcotic or sedative drug
- something that soothes, deadens, or induces sleep
vb /ˈəʊpɪˌeɪt/(transitive) rare
- containing or consisting of opium
- inducing relaxation; soporific
Etymology: 16th Century: from Medieval Latin opiātus; from Latin opium poppy juice, opium
- to treat with an opiate
- to dull or deaden
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