Definition of intoxicate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtɒksɪkeɪt/


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.
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
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
British informal, offensive monged, monged out
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
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  • 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.
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).


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

  • toxic from mid 17th century:

    Toxic is from medieval Latin toxicus ‘poisoned’: this comes from the Greek phrase toxikon (pharmakon) ‘(poison for) arrows’, from toxon ‘bow’. Intoxicate (Late Middle English) comes from the related toxicum ‘a poison’. The association with alcohol is found from the late 16th century.

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