Definition of intoxicate
: intoxicated 1
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First Known Use of intoxicate
Definition of intoxicate
1 : poison
2a : to excite or stupefy by alcohol or a drug especially to the point where physical and mental control is markedly diminishedb : to excite or elate to the point of enthusiasm or frenzy
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
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 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.
Security didn't believe the threat to be credible because Kamphouse had earlier complained about wait times at the hospital and was intoxicated, Aurora police previously said.
Under Missouri law, persons under 21 years of age can be cited for minor in possession if they are visibly intoxicated.
The man, who was intoxicated, had marks on his face, back and arms.
The two sides called competing experts earlier who disagreed over whether Castile was 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.
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
1 : to affect by alcohol or a drug especially so that normal thinking and acting becomes difficult or impossible : make drunk
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
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