in·​tox·​i·​cat·​ed in-ˈtäk-sə-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce intoxicated (audio)
: affected by alcohol or drugs especially to the point where physical and mental control is markedly diminished
especially : drunk
: 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
intoxicatedly adverb

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of intoxicated was in 1576

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Cite this Entry

“Intoxicated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition


in·​tox·​i·​cat·​ed -sə-ˌkāt-əd How to pronounce intoxicated (audio)
: affected by an intoxicant and especially by alcohol

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