intoxicate

[v. in-tok-si-keyt; adj. in-tok-suh-kit, -keyt]
verb (used with object), intoxicated, intoxicating.
1.
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.
2.
to make enthusiastic; elate strongly, as by intoxicants; exhilarate: The prospect of success intoxicated him.
3.
Pathology. to poison.
verb (used without object), intoxicated, intoxicating.
4.
to cause or produce intoxication: having the power to intoxicate.
adjective
5.
Archaic. intoxicated.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin intoxicātus, past participle of intoxicāre to poison. See in-2, toxic, -ate1

intoxicable [in-tok-si-kuh-buhl] , adjective
intoxicator, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To intoxicate
Collins
World English Dictionary
intoxicate (ɪnˈtɒksɪˌkeɪt)
 
vb
1.  (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
2.  to stimulate, excite, or elate so as to overwhelm
3.  (of a drug) to poison
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin, from intoxicāre to poison, from Latin toxicum poison; see toxic]
 
in'toxicable
 
adj
 
in'toxicative
 
adj
 
in'toxicator
 
n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

intoxicate
early 15c., "full of poison" (pp. adj.), from M.L. intoxicatus, pp. of intoxicare "to poison," from L. in- "in" + toxicare "to poison," from toxicum "poison" (see toxic). The verb meaning "to poison" is first attested 1520s; meaning "make drunk" first recorded 1570s (implied in intoxicated).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
In the face of the marvellous things that dazzle and intoxicate him, his first speech is a hymn simply.
Driving under the influence of medication not intended to intoxicate.
He stated that he had had one beer on the date of the incident, which did not intoxicate him.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;