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 intoxicatedly (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 Driving while intoxicated Police took a Pearland woman, 56, into custody for DWI Oct. 29 in the 7200 block of Broadway Street. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "6 arrested on narcotics charges in Pearland," 15 Nov. 2019 According to Echevarria, who narrates the bodycam footage released by police, one of Sanchez's relatives called 911 at about 10:14 p.m. on September 28, 2018, to report that Sanchez was intoxicated and threatening family members. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Ex-San Bernardino policeman under investigation after shooting a man whose hands were in the air," 29 Oct. 2019 The actor was shown intoxicated and stumbling just hours after posting about his recovery on Instagram. Leah Groth,, "Ben Affleck's Relapse Shows How Difficult Alcoholism Recovery Really Is," 28 Oct. 2019 The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office charged Cantu with felony murder instead of intoxication manslaughter because of his previous driving while intoxicated convictions, according to court records. Elizabeth Zavala,, "DWI offender guilty of murder in death of San Antonio motorcyclist in 2018," 28 Oct. 2019 Authorities said Sherman offered an intoxicated patron a ride home at a price lower than other ride-hailing services in the area. Los Angeles Times, "Cheap rides from West Hollywood nightclub ended with sexual assaults, police say," 8 Oct. 2019 Earlier that year, Robertson-Bayless had pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated after being stopped with a blood-alcohol level of 0.16. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "A look at the criminal histories of candidates for St. Paul City Council," 6 Oct. 2019 Both men - whilst heavily intoxicated - attempted to drive home from a team bonding session, Lawrence losing control of his vehicle, before colliding with a lamppost., "Derby County's Tom Lawrence Releases Statement Regarding Drunk Driving Incident," 5 Oct. 2019 Santos Hernandez Ramos, 37, has pleaded not guilty to that and several other charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, in the Sept. 15 crash that killed Cecilia Ramos, 41. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Marcos man charged with murder in suspected DUI crash that killed his passenger," 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of intoxicated

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Nov 2019

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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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