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Definition of intoxicate
Examples of intoxicate in a Sentence
The little bit of beer I drank was not enough to intoxicate me.
the stunning spectacle of this Las Vegas show is sure to intoxicate spectators
Recent Examples of intoxicate from the Web
Pleasing to the eye, delightful to the touch, and intoxicating to the nose, the peony is a springtime treat on par with [your favorite springtime treat, if not already the peony].
Last year, the Chicago Police Department revised its Taser policy, advising officers not to shock people who run away, are intoxicated or could fall and suffer a head injury.
Internal department memos about his conduct and demeanor that night, including firefighters’ statements that Peskin appeared to be intoxicated, are doing serious harm to the supervisor.
The couple appeared to be intoxicated and were belligerent to officers, according to an arrest report, which did not describe whether they had been tested for alcohol consumption.
He was reported to be intoxicated inside the store and was seen driving around the lot.
Officers found the caller to be highly intoxicated and found no evidence of suspicious activity.
The driver, a Cleveland woman, 33, was found to be intoxicated.
Many of the underage drinkers were intoxicated, police said, and many lacked any type of identification.
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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.
INTOXICATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of intoxicate for English Language Learners
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
INTOXICATE Defined for Kids
Definition of intoxicate for Students
- Intoxicated as he was with the heavens, he couldn't imagine needing anything on earth.
- —Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
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