[verb in-tok-si-keyt; adjective in-tok-suh-kit, -keyt]
- 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.
- to cause or produce intoxication: having the power to intoxicate.
- Archaic. intoxicated.
Origin of intoxicate
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- (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
C16: from Medieval Latin, from intoxicāre to poison, from Latin toxicum poison; see toxic
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Word Origin and History for intoxicator
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- To stupefy or excite, as by the action of a chemical substance such as alcohol.
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