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First Known Use of intoxicate
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
Officers arrested the Auburn driver on investigation of vehicular homicide; police suspect he was intoxicated at the time of the crash, the news release says.
The idea that vaping mitigates the risk of smoking could make people more likely to intoxicate themselves, more often, et cetera.
Vehicular homicide while driving intoxicated carries a prison sentence of five to 10 years.
Toxicology reports showed Fernández, 24, was intoxicated during the 3 a.m. crash, which flipped his 32-foot powerboat onto the rocks and killed passengers Eduardo Rivero, 26, and Emilio Jesus Macias, 27.
A man accused of driving intoxicated was arrested in crash that left a pedestrian with serious injuries in Kearny Mesa Friday night.
A driver who police say was intoxicated crashed his truck into a TriMet bus shelter and concrete barrier early Thursday.
Months later, Odom was removed from a flight after he was presumably intoxicated.
A CHP officer wrote sobriety tests were conducted and was believed to be intoxicated.
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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.
Synonymscharge, electrify, excite, exhilarate, galvanize, thrill, pump up, titillate, turn on
Related Wordsarouse, incite, inspire, provoke, stimulate; bewitch, captivate, charm, delight, enchant, enthrall (or enthral), hypnotize, mesmerize, rivet, spellbind; interest, intrigue, tantalize
Near Antonymsbore, jade, pall, tire, weary; deject, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dispirit
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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