• (British)
    • (adjective) enPR: ōʹpē-ət, IPA: /ˈəʊpi.ət/
    • (verb) enPR: ōʹpē-āt', IPA: /ˈəʊpiˌeɪt/
  • (America)
    • (adjective) enPR: ōʹpē-ət, IPA: /ˈoʊpi.ət/
    • (verb) enPR: ōʹpē-āt, IPA: /ˌoʊpieɪt/

opiate (not comparable)

  1. Relating to, resembling, or containing opium.
  2. Soporific; inducing sleep or sedation.
  3. Deadening; causing apathy or dullness.

opiate (plural opiates)

  1. A drug, hormone or other substance derived from or related to opium.
  2. Something that dulls the senses and induces a false and unrealistic sense of contentment.
    • They chose atheism as an opiate.
  • French: opiacé
  • German: Opiat
  • Italian: oppiaceo, oppiato
  • Portuguese: opiáceo
  • Russian: опиа́т
  • Spanish: opiato

opiate (opiates, present participle opiating; past and past participle opiated)

  1. (transitive) To treat with an opiate drug.

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