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 Gerardo Said Zunige Lozano, 23, was charged with intoxicated manslaughter in connection with the death of Maria Guadalupe Contreras Rojas. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Jan. 2022 The second measure broadly bans expunging driving while intoxicated offenses, unless the violation meets the definition of a first-time offense. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 1 Jan. 2022 Most of the incidents have involved passengers refusing to follow the federal requirement for passengers to wear face masks while on planes, but nearly 300 have involved intoxicated passengers, according to the FAA. NBC News, 23 Dec. 2021 According to police reports, De La Garza sounded intoxicated while on the call. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 13 Dec. 2021 Police were called to BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse just before 11 p.m. on July 22, for a report of an intoxicated male causing a disturbance after management quit serving him and offered to call a cab or uber. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 31 July 2021 Willmann appeared intoxicated and angry, speaking unintelligibly while swinging his arms, the criminal complaint said. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Nov. 2021 Police went to a party at 12:30 a.m. Nov. 7 about an intoxicated relative who was threatening people. cleveland, 12 Nov. 2021 Police told the paper that Jones, who was known to them from previous encounters, appeared intoxicated and officers used a Taser to subdue him. Fox News, 8 Nov. 2021

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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 2022

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“Intoxicated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of intoxicated

: affected by alcohol or drugs especially : drunk


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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