To medicate is to treat an illness with some kind of medicine. You might not need to medicate your bad cold, but you'll most likely need to medicate your strep throat.

A doctor will medicate diseases that are diagnosed and can be treated with medicine. If your doctor, for example, decides to medicate you with antibiotics, it means she believes you have an infection caused by bacteria. Medicate comes from medication, from the Late Latin word medicari, "to medicate, heal, or cure."

Definitions of medicate
  1. verb
    treat medicinally, treat with medicine
    synonyms: medicine
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    dose, drug
    administer a drug to
    apply a salve to, usually for the purpose of healing
    anaesthetise, anaesthetize, anesthetise, anesthetize, put out, put under
    administer an anesthetic drug to
    dope, dope up
    give a narcotic to
    o.d., overdose
    dose too heavily
    narcotise, narcotize
    administer narcotics to
    administer poison to
    type of:
    care for, treat
    provide treatment for
  2. verb
    impregnate with a medicinal substance
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    impregnate, saturate
    infuse or fill completely
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