Definition of intoxicate in English:

intoxicate

Line breaks: in¦toxi|cate
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtɒksɪkeɪt
 
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verb

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 intoxicated
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
inebriate, make drunk, make intoxicated, make inebriated; befuddle, fuddle, stupefy, go to someone's head, make someone's head spin
informal make legless, make woozy
drunk, 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
Scottish informal fou
North American informal loaded, trashed, out of one's gourd, blitzed, ripped
US informal jacked
British vulgar slang pissed, rat-arsed, arseholed
informal , dated in one's cups, lit up
euphemistic tired and emotional
archaic sotted, foxed, screwed
rare crapulent, crapulous, bibulous, ebriate
1.1Excite or exhilarate (someone): he became intoxicated with his own power
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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 pink
North American informal give someone a charge
2 archaic Poison (someone).

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'poison'): from medieval Latin intoxicare, from in- 'into' + toxicare 'to poison', from Latin toxicum (see toxic).

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