Hallucinate Hal*lu"ci*nate (h[a^]l*l[=u]"s[i^]*n[=a]t), v. i. [L. hallucinatus, alucinatus, p. p. of hallucinari, alucinari, to wander in mind, talk idly, dream.] 1. To wander; to go astray; to err; to blunder; -- used of mental processes. [R.] --Byron. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically: To perceive a non-existent object or phenomenon; to believe that one is experiencing something which in reality does not exist; to experience a hallucination[2]. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hallucinate — (v.) c.1600, deceive, from L. alucinatus, later hallucinatus, pp. of alucinari wander (in the mind), dream; talk unreasonably, ramble in thought, probably from Gk. alyein, Attic halyein be distraught, probably related to alaomai wander about… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • hallucinate — ► VERB ▪ experience a seemingly real perception of something not actually present. DERIVATIVES hallucination noun hallucinator noun hallucinatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin hallucinari go astray in thought , from Greek alussein be uneasy or… …   English terms dictionary

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  • hallucinate — verb ( nated; nating) Etymology: Latin hallucinatus, past participle of hallucinari, allucinari to prate, dream, modification of Greek alyein to be distressed, to wander Date: circa 1834 transitive verb 1. to affect with visions or imaginary… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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