Definitions for opiateˈoʊ pi ɪt, -ˌeɪt; ˈoʊ piˌeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•pi•ateˈoʊ pi ɪt, -ˌeɪt; ˈoʊ piˌeɪt(n., adj.; v.; n.; adj.)-at•ed, -at•ing.

  1. (n.)a drug containing opium or its derivatives.

    Category: Pharmacology

  2. any sedative, soporific, or narcotic.

    Category: Pharmacology

  3. anything that induces lethargy or that soothes the feelings.

  4. (adj.)mixed or prepared with opium.

  5. inducing sleep; narcotic.

  6. causing lethargy or inaction.

  7. (v.t.)to subject to an opiate; sedate or stupefy.

Origin of opiate:

1535–45; < ML opiātus bringing sleep

Princeton's WordNet

  1. opiate(noun)

    a narcotic drug that contains opium or an opium derivative


  1. opiate(Noun)

    A drug, hormone or other substance derived from or related to opium.

  2. opiate(Noun)

    Something that dulls the senses and induces a false and unrealistic sense of contentment.

  3. opiate(Verb)

    To treat with an opiate drug.

  4. opiate(Adjective)

    Relating to, resembling, or containing opium.

  5. opiate(Adjective)

    Soporific; inducing sleep or sedation.

  6. opiate(Adjective)

    Deadening; causing apathy or dullness.


  1. Opiate

    In medicine, the term opiate describes any of the narcotic opioid alkaloids found as natural products in the opium poppy plant, Papaver somniferum.

Translations for opiate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


any drug containing opium, used to make a person sleep

The doctor gave him an opiate.

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