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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
Dobbs said Brenda Holt also was intoxicated and tripped over the unconscious victim at one point, making her husband think Girard had knocked her down.
Investigators say Olsen was intoxicated and also threatened to strangle himself with a phone charger moments before the alleged assault, the Observer reported last year.
Three passengers, who police say were intoxicated, were then ordered to get out of the vehicle.
Authorities had also announced previously that Jennifer, who was driving the car, was intoxicated, with a blood alcohol level of 0.102.
At least one of the victims was intoxicated, police said.
Investigators said Taylor may have been intoxicated and were awaiting toxicology results.
Law enforcement officials determined that Tate was intoxicated at the time of the incident.
During an investigation, troopers determined that Thompson was intoxicated by alcohol, police said.
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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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