Medicate Med"i*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Medicated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Medicating}.] [L. medicatus, p. p. of medicare, medicari. See {Medicable}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To tincture or impregnate with anything medicinal; to drug. ``Medicated waters.'' --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

2. To treat with medicine. [1913 Webster]

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