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[verb in-ee-bree-eyt, ih-nee-; noun, adjective in-ee-bree-it, ih-nee-]
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verb (used with object), in·e·bri·at·ed, in·e·bri·at·ing.
  1. to make drunk; intoxicate.
  2. to exhilarate, confuse, or stupefy mentally or emotionally.
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  1. an intoxicated person.
  2. a habitual drunkard.
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  1. Also in·e·bri·at·ed. drunk; intoxicated.
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Origin of inebriate

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin inēbriātus past participle of inēbriāre to make drunk, equivalent to in- in-2 + ēbri(us) drunk + -ātus -ate1
Related formsin·e·bri·a·tion, nounun·in·e·bri·at·ed, adjectiveun·in·e·bri·at·ing, adjective

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4. See drunkard.
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Related Words for inebriate

exhilarate, stimulate

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Historical Examples of inebriate

  • A man, aged 22, the son of an inebriate, with one imbecile sister.

    The Sexual Question

    August Forel

  • His friendship for the inebriate was of the most sincere kind.

    An Outcast

    F. Colburn Adams

  • He takes one arm and the jailer the other, and together they support the inebriate to his cell.

    An Outcast

    F. Colburn Adams

  • On our return we learned that the inebriate had been discharged.

  • Its name is derived from two Greek words, meaning “not to inebriate.”

British Dictionary definitions for inebriate


verb (ɪnˈiːbrɪˌeɪt) (tr)
  1. to make drunk; intoxicate
  2. to arouse emotionally; make excited
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noun (ɪnˈiːbrɪɪt)
  1. a person who is drunk, esp habitually
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adjective (ɪnˈiːbrɪɪt) inebriated
  1. drunk, esp habitually
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Derived Formsinebriation, nouninebriety (ˌɪnɪˈbraɪɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for inebriate

C15: from Latin inēbriāre, from in- ² + ēbriāre to intoxicate, from ēbrius drunk
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Word Origin and History for inebriate


late 15c., from Latin inebriatus, past participle of inebriare "to make drunk," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + ebriare "make drunk," from ebrius "drunk," of unknown origin. Related: Inebriated; inebriating. Also inebriacy; inebriant (n. and adj.); inebriety; and inebrious.

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