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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Some people take pleasure in driving while intoxicated, but that isn’t legal. Los Angeles Times, "Column: For our kids, the white guy with a gun is the face of terrorism," 6 Aug. 2019 Car crash, Church Street: After responding to a two- vehicle crash 10:37 p.m. July 22, police cited a Highland Heights woman, 23 with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, having an open container of an alcoholic beverage and drug paraphernalia. Joan Rusek,, "Girl ‘drops’ brick on restaurant skylight while mother dines below: Chagrin Falls Police Blotter," 2 Aug. 2019 Jessica Marie Eggleson-Davey was charged last month with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and there is a $250,000 active warrant for her arrest, authorities said. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Crockett: Criminal charges filed in fatal Christmas Day wreck, suspect on the run," 19 July 2019 In the past, he had been convicted three times for driving while intoxicated and for operating a boat while drunk, E! News also reported. Natalie Stone,, "Drunk Driver Accused of Killing Sarah Hyland's Cousin, 14, in Crash Pleads No Contest to Homicide," 18 July 2019 New York has a Week 4 bye. Herndon pleaded guilty on Jan. 9 to driving while intoxicated, charges that stemmed from an accident that occurred in June 2018. Emily Caron,, "Jets' Chris Herndon Suspended Four Games for Violating NFL's Substance Abuse Policy," 12 July 2019 Teens who binge drink report higher rates of driving while intoxicated, speeding, risky driving, and are at higher risk of alcohol poisoning and death. Jessica Lahey, Washington Post, "Fewer teens are drinking. But a group of pediatricians is begging parents to be vigilant.," 24 June 2019 Authorities arrested 56-year-old David Costa of New Bedford for driving while intoxicated after crashing a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado into a police cruiser in Dartmouth, said the statement. Jordan Frias,, "Dartmouth police officer struck and injured by alleged drunk driver," 23 June 2019 Mitchell was convicted of driving while intoxicated, and state courts upheld the conviction. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court rules police don't need warrant to use blood drawn from unconscious drunk driver," 19 June 2019

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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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