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

Examples of intoxicated in a Sentence

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

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Houston police say an intoxicated man fired his gun about 2 a.m. Sunday inside a duplex on Colby near Canal, with the bullet passing through the wall and striking a neighbor next door. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Drunken Houston man allegedly fires shot through wall, wounding neighbor," 8 July 2018 The police responded to a call after the actress was apparently intoxicated and irate with friends and family. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Breaking Down Everything Going On With Heather Locklear," 26 June 2018 Luckily, Simpson was able to wrestle away the gun from Spataro, who was charged with trespassing and firing a weapon while intoxicated. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "Meet Sean Simpson, the Parkland chemistry teacher who forgot his gun in a bathroom | Miami Herald," 12 Apr. 2018 Last year, McCrorey was charged with driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child and reckless driving. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "14-year-old charged in fatal shooting; drugs found at scene land woman in jail," 13 July 2018 The man was arrested for endangering safety, being armed while intoxicated, and being a felon in possession of a gun, police said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bullets rained down somewhere from a man firing gun into the air in West Allis," 10 July 2018 As of Friday afternoon, Novak was reportedly being held at Marion County Jail on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, the Indy Channel reports. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Burger King customer overdoses in drive-thru, gets revived, then arrested," 7 July 2018 But that gentle slope has been known to cause strollers and wheelchairs to roll off as well, not to mention the intoxicated, the disoriented, wrestlers, and other unfortunates. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 Bar and restaurant employees are responsible for not serving to underage or intoxicated customers. Kathleen Purvis And Myah Ward, charlotteobserver, "Here's what you need to know about drunk driving in the Carolinas," 29 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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