You can pronounce this word in one of two ways:
nau sea or nau se a
When a person experiences nausea, he or she is sick. There's often a physical feeling that makes a person want to throw up or vomit.
- Rachel experienced nausea during her pregnancy.
- A side effect of this medicine is nausea.
- If a passenger experiences nausea during a flight, the airline will provide a small bag that he or she can throw up in. This is also known as a "barf bag."
He's holding a barf bag.
The word "nauseate" is a verb:
- Everyone was nauseated by the fumes from the machine. (This sentence is in the passive voice. You could also say "Everyone was made nauseous by...")
- The couple's public display of affection was nauseating everyone on the bus.
- This situation nauseates me.
The words "nauseated," "nauseating," and "nauseous" are adjectives:
- She feels nauseated.
- She feels nauseous.
- What's that nauseating smell?
- The fact that innocent people were killed in the conflict is nauseating.
- Why does he feel so nauseous? What did he eat?
Note: The words "nauseated" and "nauseous" are technically different in English, but most Americans use them interchangeably. Personally, I don't pay much attention to the small differences between these two words. I'd rather focus on more important things.
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The page was first published on November 14, 2013. It was updated on August 1, 2016.