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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The suspect was transported to the police station and charged with several traffic violations, as well as for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Cheryl Higley,, "Woman scammed out of more than $5,000: Avon Lake Police Blotter," 6 Sep. 2019 After further investigation the driver was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly police report," 2 Sep. 2019 The woman who collided with the patrol vehicle was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Scottsdale officer rear-ended in his police SUV," 24 Aug. 2019 Bratenahl police and city prosecutors cited Marche with drunken driving, but did not charge him with using a weapon while intoxicated. Cory Shaffer,, "Activists allege dozens of East Cleveland’s police officers were not compliant with training, seek criminal charges," 23 Aug. 2019 The jury of four women and eight men deliberated little more than one day, after a seven-day trial, before finding Levi guilty of two counts each of second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Guilty verdicts in DUI hit-run crash in Miramar that led to 2 deaths, 1 serious injury," 22 Aug. 2019 The driver received a municipal citation for her first offense of operating while intoxicated. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A woman who injected heroin while driving in Glendale caused a crash, injuring another driver, police say," 5 July 2019 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

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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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