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

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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In other categories, arrests of those charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated numbered 10 in 2018, compared to 13 in 2017., "Serious crime decreases by 32 percent in University Heights," 14 June 2019 She was found to be too intoxicated to care for herself. Rachel Spacek, The Mercury News, "Campbell crime report for the week of June 21," 14 June 2019 Many states, including Florida, have Dram Shop Act laws that can hold those who serve clearly intoxicated patrons liable for damages. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods' lawyers: Woods has no connection to bartender's death, want lawsuit tossed," 11 June 2019 Rogers said the couple had a few drinks, but were not intoxicated. Author: Kyle Swenson, Anchorage Daily News, "It looked like a simple domestic murder. Then police learned about the alien reptile cult.," 11 June 2019 But the same day, the prosecutor amended the charge to first-offense operating while intoxicated, without giving a reason for the change. Ryan J. Foley,, "Iowa removes files on governor's drunk driving arrest that exposed personal info," 10 June 2019 The most common were for driving while intoxicated, drugs, previous immigration convictions and traffic offenses. Andrew Taylor, The Seattle Times, "Congressional lawmakers reach deal on border wall funding," 11 Feb. 2019 The driver of the other car, Bani Duarte of San Clemente, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Hannah Fry,, "3 Las Vegas teens killed in fiery crash in Huntington Beach are identified," 2 Apr. 2018 Prior to the incident, crew members told police Maas appeared intoxicated, but didn’t seem dangerous. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Delta passenger removed from plane for head-butting flight attendant," 21 Sep. 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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