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To cause someone to have an illness or feel ill - thesaurus

Synonyms

cause

verb

used about something that makes an illness start

give

verb

to pass an illness or disease to another person

pass on

to give someone an infectious illness

infect

verb

to make someone get a disease, that can be spread from one person to another

spread

verb

if a disease spreads, or if something spreads it, it affects more people as it is passed from one person to another

go around

if something such as an illness or a piece of news is going around, people are giving or telling it to each other

communicate

verb

medical to pass a disease from one person or animal to another

carry

verb

to have a disease and be capable of infecting someone else with it

transmit

verb

to spread a disease from one person to another

develop

verb

to begin to appear as part of an illness or medical condition

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come on

if an illness comes on, it starts to affect you

disagree with

mainly spoken if something you have eaten or drunk disagrees with you, it makes you feel sick

disgust

verb

if something very unpleasant disgusts you, it makes you feel physically sick when you see, smell, or taste it

flare up

if an illness or medical condition flares up, it becomes worse

gross out

if something grosses you out, it is so unpleasant that it makes you feel ill

infect

verb

to fill something with bacteria or other substances that spread disease

knock the stuffing out of someone

to make someone physically or mentally weak

lay someone low

to make someone sick or weak and unable to do the things that they usually do

overcome

verb

to make someone very emotional, weak, sick, or unconscious

predispose

verb

formal to make someone likely to suffer from a particular illness or condition

prostrate

verb

formal if you are prostrated by something, it makes you feel extremely upset or sick

repel

verb

if something repels you, you think that it is extremely unpleasant and you want to avoid it

repulse

verb

formal if someone or something repulses you, they are so unpleasant that you feel slightly sick when you see them or think about them

revolt

verb

if someone or something revolts you, they are so unpleasant that you feel slightly sick

sap

verb

to make someone feel weak

strike down

to make someone die or become so sick that they can no longer live a normal life

weaken

verb

to make someone physically less strong and healthy, or to become less strong and healthy

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