Definition of opiate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊpɪət/
Relating to, resembling, or containing opium: the use of opiate drugs
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  • Anti-cancer drugs and radiotherapy commonly produce nausea and vomiting, as do other drugs active in the central nervous system, including opiate pain killers (morphine, heroin) and also alcohol.
  • The project, the first of its kind in the York area, aims to help addicts of heroin and other opiate drugs such as methadone.
  • By using opiate analgesics and sedatives to provide comfort to a dying patient, we risk depressing respirations and causing hypotension, which may hasten death.


Pronunciation: /ˈəʊpɪət/
1A drug derived from or related to opium: the opiates are known to have natural counterparts called endorphins
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  • The specimens are tested for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, PCP, and five other drugs.
  • There is no difference between men and women on lifetime prevalence of cannabis, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, or sedatives.
  • On the other hand, the state increased its regulation of legally manufactured drugs such as amphetamine, opiates, opioids, and, to a lesser extent, barbiturates and tranquilizers.
drug, narcotic, mind-altering drug, sedative, tranquillizer, depressant, sleeping pill, soporific, anaesthetic, painkiller, analgesic, anodyne;
informal dope, downer
literary nepenthes
1.1A thing which soothes or stupefies: the capacity to use books as an opiate


Pronunciation: /ˈəʊpɪeɪt/
[with object] (usually as adjective opiated)
1Impregnate with opium: they smoked the last of his opiated dope
1.1Dull the senses of (someone) with or as if with opium: she is not opiated with resignation
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  • See if it changes your paltry lives in the slightest to send him packing back to his richly opiated Irish mistress!
  • They want us to feel impotent, to worship the golden calf of commercialism, dazzled and opiated by its pale buzzing glow.
  • There are other ways to watch than simply joining the opiated masses.


Late Middle English (as a noun): from medieval Latin opiatus (adjective), opiatus (noun), based on Latin opium (see opium).

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