intoxicate

adjective
in·​tox·​i·​cate | \in-ˈtäk-si-kət \

Definition of intoxicate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intoxicate

verb
in·​tox·​i·​cate | \in-ˈtäk-sə-ˌkāt \
intoxicated; intoxicating

Definition of intoxicate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : poison

2a : to excite or stupefy by alcohol or a drug especially to the point where physical and mental control is markedly diminished

b : to excite or elate to the point of enthusiasm or frenzy

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Synonyms & Antonyms for intoxicate

Synonyms: Verb

elate, elevate, enrapture, exhilarate, transport

Antonyms: Verb

depress

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Verb

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.

Examples of intoxicate in a Sentence

Verb

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

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The men were visibly intoxicated, the documents said. Allison Steele, Philly.com, "Jury orders man who injured Scarpetta waitress to pay $3 million," 26 June 2018 Jones declined to comment on whether police believe Sharrow was intoxicated during the incident, the Press Herald reports. PEOPLE.com, "Woman Drives Onto Little League Field and Fatally Strikes Man — Who Himself Once Killed Girl in Hit-and-Run," 4 June 2018 The decision came after hours of jury deliberations, and the amount was so small because the jury ruled that Hill, who was intoxicated at the time of the shooting, was mostly responsible for his death. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A black man was fatally shot by law enforcement. A federal jury gave his family $4.," 31 May 2018 What are the rules on being intoxicated or driving while drunk in North and South Carolina? Kathleen Purvis And Myah Ward, charlotteobserver, "Here's what you need to know about drunk driving in the Carolinas," 29 June 2018 Thompson said police believe the driver, whose name was not immediately released, was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Police: DUI suspected for wrong-way driver who hit pedestrian on sidewalk of Baseline Road," 25 June 2018 Houston police say Nicholson was intoxicated behind the wheel Saturday in north Houston when her car ran into several vehicles near Crosstimbers and Airline Drive. Alyson Ward, Houston Chronicle, "After crash that killed 3-year-old, Houston woman charged with intoxication manslaughter," 22 Apr. 2018 The resident said a group of young people, likely intoxicated, were being loud. Julie A. Short/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Resident dies in house fire: Rocky River Police Blotter," 10 Jan. 2018 The report cites one case of police responding to a call for a woman who appeared to be intoxicated. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Minneapolis Cops Secretly Used 'Date Rape Drug' on Suspects for Years: Report," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of intoxicate

Adjective

1581, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for intoxicate

Verb

Middle English, from Medieval Latin intoxicatus, past participle of intoxicare, from Latin in- + toxicum poison — more at toxic

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intoxicate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of intoxicate

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

verb
in·​tox·​i·​cate | \in-ˈtäk-sə-ˌkāt \
intoxicated; intoxicating

Kids Definition of intoxicate

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

intoxicate

transitive verb
in·​tox·​i·​cate | \-sə-ˌkāt \
intoxicated; intoxicating

Medical Definition of intoxicate 

1 : poison

2 : to excite or stupefy by alcohol or a drug especially to the point where physical and mental control is markedly diminished

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intoxicate

transitive verb
in·​tox·​i·​cate | \in-ˈtäk-sə-ˌkāt \
intoxicated; intoxicating

Legal Definition of intoxicate 

: to excite or stupefy by alcohol or a drug especially to the point where physical and mental control is markedly diminished — see also driving under the influence

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