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adjective in·tox·i·cate \-si-kət\

Definition of intoxicate


  1. :  intoxicated

15th Century

First Known Use of intoxicate

15th century



verb in·tox·i·cate \-sə-ˌkāt\

Simple Definition of intoxicate

  • of alcohol, a drug, etc. : to make (someone) unable to think and behave normally

  • : to excite or please (someone) in a way that suggests the effect of alcohol or a drug

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of intoxicate



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  poison

  3. 2 a :  to excite or stupefy by alcohol or a drug especially to the point where physical and mental control is markedly diminished b :  to excite or elate to the point of enthusiasm or frenzy

Examples of intoxicate in a sentence

  1. The little bit of beer I drank was not enough to intoxicate me.

  2. <the stunning spectacle of this Las Vegas show is sure to intoxicate spectators>

Did You Know?

For those who think that alcohol and drugs qualify as poisons, the history of intoxicate offers some etymological evidence to bolster your argument. Intoxicate traces back to toxicum, the Latin word for "poison" - and the earliest meaning of intoxicate was just that: "to poison." This sense is now extremely rare, and we currently talk about such harmless things as flowers and perfume having the power to intoxicate. Toxicum turns up in the etymologies of a number of other English words including toxic ("poisonous"), intoxicant ("something that intoxicates") and detoxify ("to remove a poison from"), as well as a number of the names for various poisons themselves.

Origin and Etymology of intoxicate

Middle English, from Medieval Latin intoxicatus, past participle of intoxicare, from Latin in- + toxicum poison — more at toxic

First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with intoxicate

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INTOXICATE Defined for Kids


verb in·tox·i·cate \in-ˈtäk-sə-ˌkāt\

Definition of intoxicate for Students



  1. 1 :  to affect by alcohol or a drug especially so that normal thinking and acting becomes difficult or impossible :  make drunk

  2. 2 :  to make wildly excited or enthusiastic <Intoxicated as he was with the heavens, he couldn't imagine needing anything on earth. — Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia>

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb in·tox·i·cate \-sə-ˌkāt\

Medical Definition of intoxicate




  1. 1:  poison

  2. 2:  to excite or stupefy by alcohol or a drug especially to the point where physical and mental control is markedly diminished

Law Dictionary


transitive verb in·tox·i·cate \in-ˈtäk-sə-ˌkāt\

Legal Definition of intoxicate



  1. :  to excite or stupefy by alcohol or a drug especially to the point where physical and mental control is markedly diminished — see also driving under the influence

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