Meaning of POISON in English

POISON

(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

1.

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 ~.

N-MASS

2.

If someone ~s another person, they kill the person or make them ill by giving them ~.

The rumours that she had ~ed him could never be proved.

VERB: V n

~ing

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

N-UNCOUNT

3.

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

Employees were taken to hospital yesterday after being ~ed by fumes...

Toxic waste could endanger lives and ~ fish.

VERB: be V-ed by n, V n

~ing

His illness was initially diagnosed as food ~ing.

N-UNCOUNT: supp N

4.

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

If I was your wife I would ~ your coffee.

VERB: V n

~ed

He was terrified to eat, suspecting that the food was ~ed.

...an umbrella tipped with a ~ed dart.

ADJ

5.

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

The land has been completely ~ed by chemicals.

...dying forests, ~ed rivers and lakes.

VERB: V n, V-ed

6.

Something that ~s a good situation or relationship spoils it or destroys it.

The whole atmosphere has really been ~ed.

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

VERB: be V-ed, V n

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