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[verb in-tok-si-keyt; adjective in-tok-suh-kit, -keyt] /verb ɪnˈtɒk sɪˌkeɪt; adjective 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.
Origin of intoxicate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin intoxicātus, past participle of intoxicāre to poison. See in-2, toxic, -ate1
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[in-tok-si-kuh-buh l] /ɪnˈtɒk sɪ kə bəl/ (Show IPA),
intoxicator, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for intoxicate
Historical Examples
  • Their name, their garb, and work did so intoxicate and bewitch me.'


    James Anthony Froude
  • She did not attempt to disguise her wish to please, to flatter, to intoxicate.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • She threw him one of those glances that intoxicate like wine.

    The Child of Pleasure Gabriele D'Annunzio
  • It did not intoxicate, but still further sobered, the beneficiary.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • He, who offers incense to her intellect, may intoxicate and win.

    The Young Maiden

    A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • How much wine and blood he had poured to intoxicate himself, but all in vain.

  • The sense of freedom seemed to intoxicate him, and the infection seized me too.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
  • There was one deliberate act of hers which especially helped to intoxicate me.

    The Lifted Veil George Eliot
  • It was a bright spring morning, one of those days which intoxicate one.

  • Refrain from everything with which the Greeks intoxicate themselves.

    Arachne, Complete Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for intoxicate


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 intoxicate

"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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intoxicate 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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