in·​tox·​i·​cat·​ed | \ in-ˈtäk-sə-ˌkā-təd \

Definition of intoxicated

1 : affected by alcohol or drugs especially to the point where physical and mental control is markedly diminished especially : drunk
2 : emotionally excited, elated, or exhilarated (as by great joy or extreme pleasure) … the traveler who has become intoxicated by the vision of Serengeti's exotic animals …— Harold Hayes

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Other Words from intoxicated

intoxicatedly \ in-​ˈtäk-​sə-​ˌkā-​təd-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for intoxicated


besotted, blasted [slang], blind, blitzed [slang], blotto [slang], bombed, boozy, canned [slang], cockeyed, crocked, drunk, drunken, fried, gassed, hammered [slang], high, impaired, inebriate, inebriated, juiced [slang], lit, lit up, loaded [slang], looped, oiled [slang], pickled, pie-eyed, plastered, potted [slang], ripped [slang], sloshed [slang], smashed [slang], sottish, soused, sozzled, squiffed (or squiffy), stewed, stiff, stinking [slang], stoned, tanked [slang], tiddly [chiefly British], tight, tipsy, wasted [slang], wet, wiped out [slang]


sober, straight

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Examples of intoxicated in a Sentence

He appeared to be very intoxicated. Driving while intoxicated is illegal.

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According to his personal tribute page on MADD’s website, Buck was 74 years old when he was killed by an intoxicated driver the morning of August 26. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Janel Parrish's Father-in-Law Died in a Drunk Driving Accident Weeks Before Her Wedding to Chris Long," 23 Sep. 2018 Because attendees have been inundated with messaging, bystander intervention is common: many report helping victims themselves, whether intervening in an argument or helping someone who appears overly intoxicated. Bridget Read, Vogue, "At Burning Man, #MeToo Is More Complicated Than You Think," 28 Aug. 2018 An intoxicated bus driver carrying a loaded pistol while driving children to a Brookfield grade school was convicted by a jury on June 27 in Waukesha County Circuit Court. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Brookfield bus driver was high, nearly crashed into ditch while transporting elementary students, jury finds," 29 June 2018 Wohl said the chaotic string of incidents began just before 5 p.m. with a report of a possibly intoxicated, erratic driver near Tumwater High School. Author: Joseph O'sullivan, Mike Carter, Anchorage Daily News, "Armed civilian kills gunman, stops shooting spree at Walmart in Washington state," 18 June 2018 Stine, a beloved schoolteacher from Shelbyville, had been killed a few weeks earlier by an intoxicated driver. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Senate Race 2018: Luke Messer, in his own words, on drunken driving history," 19 Apr. 2018 Newport Beach police will have additional officers on the lookout for intoxicated drivers during St. Patrick's Day weekend. Daily Pilot Staff,, "Around Town: Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival comes to Central Park on Sunday," 16 Mar. 2018 The driver, who has not yet been named, was arrested shortly after the incident on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Officers killed in the line of duty in 2018," 19 Sep. 2018 Samantha Jones, 31, is charged with driving while intoxicated in the Sunday, June 24, crash in Platte County. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Smithville girl, 5, dies days after wreck; her mom is charged with DWI," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of intoxicated

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of intoxicated

: affected by alcohol or drugs


in·​tox·​i·​cat·​ed | \ -sə-ˌkāt-əd \

Medical Definition of intoxicated

: affected by an intoxicant and especially by alcohol

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