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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
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.
Others contain high amounts of cannabidiol, or CBD, which is prized for its therapeutic, rather than intoxicating, effects.
Ernest Henry Heinze, 27, of the 900 block of Pentwood Court, was charged Friday with disorderly conduct, intoxicated public disturbance and two counts of failure to obey a lawful police order.
The grandmother, 44, was intoxicated and had thrown up on herself and also urinated in the car, according to police.
The sun is intoxicating, and the wind is riffling her wig and gently cooling the piping hot Cup O' Noodles in her hand.
There were no signs the woman was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
Jamison’s book feels like a fleshed-out, more fully realized version of that story, reflecting on her own encounters during a time when she was often 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
- Intoxicated as he was with the heavens, he couldn't imagine needing anything on earth.
- —Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
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