Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To treat with medicine.
  • transitive v. To tincture or permeate with a medicinal substance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To prescribe or administer medication.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To tincture or impregnate with anything medicinal; to drug.
  • transitive v. To treat with medicine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make medicinal; tincture or imbue with a remedial substance or principle.
  • To treat with medicine; ply with or as if with drugs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. treat medicinally, treat with medicine
  • v. impregnate with a medicinal substance

Etymologies

Latin medicāre, medicāt-, from medicus, doctor, from medērī, to heal; see med- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin medicātus, past participle of medicō. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ask the anti behavior drug school crusaders about the number of children we "medicate" to make better.

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  • Exhausted, are the excuses, and imaginary reasons why our government has the right to "medicate" us.

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  • Also, it is quite common for people to "medicate" at funerals.

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  • Until a new law went into effect, patients could "medicate" on the premises, with options that included a $5 hit of hash oil from an elaborate bonglike device called a skillet.

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  • We all have underlying issues we try to "medicate" at some point.

    The Delphos Herald

  • People living isolated from virtually every sign of hope that they can do better and every frustrating enticement for 'living the good life', while at the same time, every opportunity to 'medicate' the frustration through self-destructive behavior.

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  • "medicate" what Thomas à Kempis called "the proper sorrows of the soul."

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  • Maybe you misunderstood whoever told you to meditate...maybe they meant "medicate"...lol"

    CNN.com

  • B) Why do so many low-income people "medicate" themselves with illegal drugs?

    Baltimore City Paper

  • Prison officials can forcibly medicate Jared Loughner, the suspect in the Giffords shooting, a judge ruled.

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