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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
Family members told officers the man may have been intoxicated, according to the release.
Several residents told authorities Washington was intoxicated most of the time, causing her to give out medication to the wrong patient, the wrong dosage of medication or not give any medication at all, according to records.
Allsup had been arrested Oct. 5 after he was found passed out and allegedly intoxicated on the Kennesaw State campus.
The lore and romance of Dem Bums is intoxicating, the players memorable: Jackie and The Duke, Campy and Preacher and PeeWee.
And while everyone loves a good flower perfume, this has been a strange turn for the Oman line, which made its name with dank, intoxicating elixirs of oud and amber with mythical names like Memoir, Fate and Epic.
The federal Wartime Prohibition Act banned the sale of intoxicating beverages at midnight on June 30, 1919, six months before the 18th Amendment took effect.
The incident started when Robinson arrived at Patrick Cudahy, 1 Sweet Apple Wood Lane, on June 9 allegedly intoxicated.
The jurors found Hill mostly at fault because he was intoxicated at the time of his death and believe Deputy Newman did not use excessive force, even though Newman shot through Hill’s garage door four times, striking him in the head and abdomen.
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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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