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[in-tok-si-key-tid] /ɪnˈtɒk sɪˌkeɪ tɪd/
affected by a substance that intoxicates; drunk; inebriated.
mentally or emotionally exhilarated.
Origin of intoxicated
1550-60; intoxicate + -ed2
Related forms
intoxicatedly, adverb
half-intoxicated, adjective
semi-intoxicated, adjective
unintoxicated, adjective
2. rapt, enthralled.


[v. in-tok-si-keyt; adj. in-tok-suh-kit, -keyt] /v. ɪnˈtɒk sɪˌkeɪt; adj. ɪnˈtɒk sə kɪt, -ˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), intoxicated, intoxicating.
to affect temporarily with diminished physical and mental control by means of alcoholic liquor, a drug, or another substance, especially to excite or stupefy with liquor.
to make enthusiastic; elate strongly, as by intoxicants; exhilarate:
The prospect of success intoxicated him.
Pathology. to poison.
verb (used without object), intoxicated, intoxicating.
to cause or produce intoxication:
having the power to intoxicate.
Archaic. intoxicated.
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin intoxicātus, past participle of intoxicāre to poison. See in-2, toxic, -ate1
Related forms
[in-tok-si-kuh-buh l] /ɪnˈtɒk sɪ kə bəl/ (Show IPA),
intoxicator, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intoxicated
  • Pushing ahead of their elders, they have become intoxicated with the possibility of change.
  • Walking back intoxicated at night, many are knocked down.
  • The shooting was the result of a quarrel arising from the father's intoxicated condition.
  • For eight or ten weeks the number of intoxicated persons in the streets has been noticeable.
  • Most of the humans are similarly intoxicated by the variety of goods on display.
  • intoxicated by their rapid expansion, the co-op's managers poured money into fresh investment.
  • Lewis was arrested at the scene and charged with driving while intoxicated and with a suspended license.
  • In both cases, the drivers were charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.
  • It was further determined that she had been driving while intoxicated.
  • Discover sends an intoxicated investigator to find out.
British Dictionary definitions for intoxicated


verb (transitive)
(of an alcoholic drink) to produce in (a person) a state ranging from euphoria to stupor, usually accompanied by loss of inhibitions and control; make drunk; inebriate
to stimulate, excite, or elate so as to overwhelm
(of a drug) to poison
Derived Forms
intoxicable, adjective
intoxicative, adjective
intoxicator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin, from intoxicāre to poison, from Latin toxicum poison; see toxic
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Word Origin and History for intoxicated

1550s, "poisoned;" 1570s, "drunk," past participle adjective from intoxicate (v.).



"to poison," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin intoxicatus, past participle of intoxicare "to poison," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + toxicare "to poison," from toxicum "poison" (see toxic). Meaning "make drunk" first recorded 1570s. Related: Intoxicated; intoxicating.

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intoxicated in Medicine

intoxicate in·tox·i·cate (ĭn-tŏk'sĭ-kāt')
v. in·tox·i·cat·ed, in·tox·i·cat·ing, in·tox·i·cates
To stupefy or excite, as by the action of a chemical substance such as alcohol.

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