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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Other Words from intoxicated

intoxicatedly \ in-​ˈtäk-​sə-​ˌkā-​təd-​lē How to pronounce intoxicatedly (audio) \ 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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Shepherd was fired for punching a 23-year-old woman who was intoxicated and verbally and physically abusive during her arrest outside the home of a Seattle man whose mother had called the police on June 22, 2014. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Defending police reforms, Seattle tells federal judge that reinstatement of officer who punched woman is an ‘outlier’," 19 Dec. 2018 The state denied clearance to applicants for jobs at other private schools for convictions of bank fraud, assault, driving while intoxicated and other wrongdoing. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Private Schools Toughen Background Checks on Job Applicants," 29 Oct. 2018 On these nights, any motorist stopped on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and who refuses a breathalyzer test is subject to a warrant signed by a judge ordering them to undergo a blood test. Victoria Cheyne, Houston Chronicle, "Precinct 1's recent DWI initiative results in over 50 arrests county wide," 5 July 2018 The driver was cited for intoxicated driving, and failure to exercise reasonable control over his vehicle. Joseph Clark,, "Man cited twice in one day for drug possession: Olmsted Township Police Blotter," 25 Mar. 2018 The mother was intoxicated and wanted to stay longer, but Cordie wanted to get home because her young daughter was getting tired. Gillian Flaccus, Fox News, "DA: Missing woman died instantly in jump from mom's car," 27 Sep. 2018 There are several videos where women in the videos appear to be highly intoxicated, beyond the ability to consent or resist. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "More than a dozen victims accuse California surgeon, girlfriend of rape; called 'Bonnie and Clyde' team," 22 Sep. 2018 Gronert has been convicted three times for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, the release said. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man arrested for fourth OWI with two children in the car," 1 July 2018 He was also charged with one count of driving a car while intoxicated, causing injury. Detroit Free Press, "Troy man charged with drunken driving in Rochester Hills fatal crash," 14 June 2018

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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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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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marked by a state of overwhelming emotion

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