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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Ellery, 29, was charged with heroin possession and driving while intoxicated after the April 7 incident and on Friday pleaded guilty in Somerset County Superior Court. Fox News, "New Jersey cop who overdosed in patrol car pleads guilty to heroin possession, gives up job, reports say," 14 July 2019 Police caught up to the suspect and arrested him for petty theft and disorderly conduct while intoxicated. Bruce Geiselman,, "Officers investigate thefts from vehicles: Lakewood Police Blotter," 13 July 2019 The driver, identified by police as 25-year-old Christina Jordan Carpenter, was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated. Dallas News, "Arlington motorcycle cop sent to hospital after DWI suspect veers off road, crashes," 10 July 2019 The traffic stop investigation resulted in the driver being placed into custody for driving while intoxicated 2nd offense. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 8 July 2019 This was the woman's first operating while intoxicated offense. 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 Walsh agreed to take a field sobriety test, after which he was arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated, State Police said. Shafaq Patel,, "Boston man arrested on OUI charge for driving 120 m.p.h. on N.H. highway," 7 June 2019 Pearland officers took five men and one woman into custody for intoxicated driving Father’s Day weekend. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland police arrest 6 on DWI charges," 28 June 2019 The California Highway Patrol arrested a Redwood City woman Sunday on suspicion of driving a golf cart while intoxicated in a parking lot at Sonoma Raceway. Bay City News, The Mercury News, "Peninsula woman arrested on suspicion of golf cart DUI after injury crash at Sonoma Speedway," 25 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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