- 1 [with object] (usually as adjective intoxicated) (Of alcoholic drink or a drug) cause (someone) to lose control of their faculties or behaviour: he was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicatedMore example sentences
inebriate, make drunk, make intoxicated, make inebriated; befuddle, fuddle, stupefy, go to someone's head, make someone's head spin• informal make legless, make woozydrunk, inebriated, inebriate, drunken, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence; blind drunk, dead drunk, rolling drunk, roaring drunk, as drunk as a lord, as drunk as a skunk; sottish, gin-soaked• informal tight, merry, the worse for wear, pie-eyed, three sheets to the wind, plastered, smashed, hammered, sloshed, soused, sozzled, well oiled, paralytic, wrecked, wasted, blotto, stewed, pickled, tanked up, soaked, blasted, ratted, off one's face, out of one's head, out of one's skullBritish • informal legless, bevvied, Brahms and Liszt, half cut, out of it, bladdered, trolleyed, mullered, slaughtered, lashed, well away, squiffy, tiddly, out of one's boxScottish • informal fouUS • informal jacked• euphemistic tired and emotional
- We don't allow people into sessions if they are intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.
- The person is intoxicated through alcohol or drugs
- Kids who abuse inhalants often look and act as if they're intoxicated from drinking alcohol.
- 1.1Excite or exhilarate (someone): he became intoxicated with his own powerMore example sentences
exhilarate, thrill, elate, delight, captivate, enthral, entrance, enrapture, invigorate, animate, enliven, excite, stir, rouse, move, inspire, inflame, electrify; fire with enthusiasm, fire someone's imagination• informal give someone a buzz, give someone a kick, bowl over, tickle someone pinkNorth American • informal give someone a charge
- The excitement and anticipation of the opportunity intoxicated him.
- When she was certain that the embrace intoxicated him enough, she moved quickly and grasped the knife from his belt and pulled away harshly.
- Language intoxicated Vijayan; he delighted in the rhythms of Malayalam and its versatility in evoking the many moods of native landscapes and feeling.
late Middle English (in the sense 'poison'): from medieval Latin intoxicare, from in- 'into' + toxicare 'to poison', from Latin toxicum (see toxic).