placebo Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "placebo" - English Dictionary

See all translations

placebonoun [C]

uk   /pləˈsiː.bəʊ/  us   /-boʊ/ (plural placebos)
a substance given to someone who is told that it is a particular medicine, either to make that person feel as if they are getting better or to compare the effect of the particular medicine when given to others: She was only given a placebo, but she claimed she got better - that's the placebo effect. something that is given to try to satisfy a person who has not been given the thing they really want: These small concessions have been made as a placebo to stop the workers making further demands.
Translations of “placebo”
in Chinese (Traditional) 安慰劑, 使人寬慰的事, 安撫話…
in Chinese (Simplified) 安慰剂, 使人宽慰的事, 安抚话…
(Definition of placebo from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of placebo?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “placebo”

Definitions of “placebo” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
poke

to greet someone on a social networking website by leaving them a special short message

Word of the Day

The cake was made by my sister: how to use the passive in English.
The cake was made by my sister: how to use the passive in English.
by Liz Walter,
June 24, 2015
Look at these two sentences: My sister made the cake. The cake was made by my sister. Both these sentences mean the same. The first is an active sentence: it tells you what the sister did. The second is a passive sentence: it tells you what happened to the cake. Here are

Read More 

burger noun
burger noun
June 29, 2015
a menu on a computer screen comprising three short parallel horizontal lines which the user clicks to see options Definitely use a burger. You could put the settings in the burger menu too. Fix the settings to the bottom of the burger menu and use a vertically scrolling contact list that scrolls behind

Read More