Meaning of POISON in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ pɔɪz(ə)n ]

( poisons, poisoning, poisoned)


Poison is a substance that harms or kills people or animals if they swallow it or absorb it.

Poison from the weaver fish causes paralysis, swelling, and nausea...

Mercury is a known poison.



If someone poisons another person, they kill the person or make them ill by giving them poison.

The rumours that she had poisoned him could never be proved.

VERB : V n

• poi‧son‧ing

She was sentenced to twenty years’ imprisonment for poisoning and attempted murder.



If you are poisoned by a substance, it makes you very ill and sometimes kills you.

Employees were taken to hospital yesterday after being poisoned by fumes...

Toxic waste could endanger lives and poison fish.

VERB : be V-ed by n , V n

• poi‧son‧ing

His illness was initially diagnosed as food poisoning.

N-UNCOUNT : supp N


If someone poisons a food, drink, or weapon, they add poison to it so that it can be used to kill someone.

If I was your wife I would poison your coffee.

VERB : V n

• poi‧soned

He was terrified to eat, suspecting that the food was poisoned. umbrella tipped with a poisoned dart.



To poison water, air, or land means to damage it with harmful substances such as chemicals.

The land has been completely poisoned by chemicals.

...dying forests, poisoned rivers and lakes.

VERB : V n , V-ed


Something that poisons a good situation or relationship spoils it or destroys it.

The whole atmosphere has really been poisoned.

...ill-feeling that will poison further talk of a common foreign policy.

VERB : be V-ed , V n

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