Definition of inebriate in English:

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formal or humorous


Pronunciation: /ɪˈniːbrɪeɪt/
[with object] (often as adjective inebriated)
Make (someone) drunk; intoxicate: I got mildly inebriated
More example sentences
  • The old man was not inebriated or hurt by a passing vehicle.
  • The mud underfoot is fast becoming a river and various members of the crew are skidding and staggering across the car park, like inebriated Bambis.
  • Two foreign tours later, my garden had become a cider-pond, surrounded by staggering inebriated wasps.


Pronunciation: /ɪˈniːbrɪət/
A drunkard: he was marked down as an inebriate
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  • Philostratus in turn described Andros as a land of Cockaigne for inebriates.
  • The Magistrates, believing that imprisonment would not reform the woman, decided to send her to an inebriates' home for two years.
  • It was more like a soccer match attended by a club of misanthropic inebriates.


Pronunciation: /ɪˈniːbrɪət/
Drunk; intoxicated: he had been known to get hopelessly inebriate inebriate times by the Bay
More example sentences
  • To that end, if anyone wants an inebriate Santa staying on their floor sometime in December, do let me know.
  • An inebriate Glaswegian was ahead of me in the queue.
  • We hooked up with the wedding party towards the inebriate end of the evening - my word, did we ever.



Pronunciation: /ɪniːˈbrʌɪəti/
Example sentences
  • It is tolerable only in advanced states of inebriety.
  • Although it was by now only 2.30 in the afternoon, I took refuge in ‘The Parkville’ where the atmosphere of inebriety resembled closing-time.
  • The American Association for the Cure of Inebriates promoted the concept of inebriety as a hereditary disease exacerbated by chronic debauchery.


Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin inebriatus, past participle of inebriare 'intoxicate' (based on ebrius 'drunk').

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