in·​tox·​i·​cat·​ed | \ in-ˈtäk-sə-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce intoxicated (audio) \

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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intoxicatedly \ in-​ˈtäk-​sə-​ˌkā-​təd-​lē How to pronounce intoxicated (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of intoxicated in a Sentence

He appeared to be very intoxicated. Driving while intoxicated is illegal.
Recent Examples on the Web Under investigation: Girl, 14, found dead in back seat of car driven by intoxicated 16-year-old in Santa Rosa. Anna Buchmann,, "Bay Briefing: Highly contagious coronavirus strain arrives in California," 31 Dec. 2020 An officer was dispatched to a home shortly after noon Dec. 12 where an intoxicated man with access to firearms was located. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Pajama clad teen in front yard draws call to police: Russell Township police blotter," 27 Dec. 2020 An officer responded to a report of a possible intoxicated man walking in the median at Hwy. Star Tribune, "Twin Cities metro police blotter, Dec. 13," 12 Dec. 2020 LaBeouf has been arrested in the past for robbery, attempting to stab a neighbor, public intoxication, driving while intoxicated and other offenses. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "FKA twigs thanks Sia for her support after accusing Shia LaBeouf of abuse," 14 Dec. 2020 Those include people accused of murder, but also those charged with nonviolent crimes, such as burglary, driving while intoxicated and drug possession. NBC News, "New Mexico eliminated cash bail — but now one county locks up more people without bond before trial," 8 Dec. 2020 Driving while intoxicated and traffic offenses causing injury or death will not be eligible. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit residents can apply now for help with expungement under new laws," 5 Dec. 2020 That officer was with a highly intoxicated man who was walking and appeared to have a head injury. cleveland, "Live wedding band irks neighbor not on the guest list: Olmsted Falls Police Blotter," 7 Aug. 2020 An officer responded to a report of a possible intoxicated man walking in the median at Hwy. Staff Reports Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities metro police blotter, Dec. 6," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of intoxicated

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of intoxicated was in 1576

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8 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Intoxicated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of intoxicated

somewhat formal : affected by alcohol or drugs


in·​tox·​i·​cat·​ed | \ -sə-ˌkāt-əd How to pronounce intoxicated (audio) \

Medical Definition of intoxicated

: affected by an intoxicant and especially by alcohol

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