Opiate Definition

ōpē-ĭt, -āt
opiated, opiates, opiating
noun
Any of various sedative narcotics containing opium or one or more of its natural or synthetic derivatives.
American Heritage
Any drug containing opium or any of its derivatives, and acting as a sedative and narcotic.
Webster's New World
Anything tending to quiet, soothe, or deaden.
Webster's New World
Something that dulls the senses and induces relaxation or torpor.
American Heritage
adjective
Containing opium.
Webster's New World
Resembling opium or its derivatives in activity.
American Heritage Medicine
Bringing sleep, quiet, or ease; narcotic.
Webster's New World
Causing dullness or apathy; deadening.
American Heritage Medicine
The definition of opiate is something related to opium, an addictive narcotic made from the poppy, or is something that makes you sleep or dazed.
Heroin is an example of a drug that would be described as an opiate drug.
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verb
To treat with an opiate.
Webster's New World
To dull; deaden.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Opiate

Noun

Singular:
opiate
Plural:
opiates

Origin of Opiate

  • Middle English from Medieval Latin opiātum from Latin opium opium opium

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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