inebriate

[ verb in-ee-bree-eyt, ih-nee-; noun, adjective in-ee-bree-it, ih-nee- ]
/ verb ɪnˈi briˌeɪt, ɪˈni-; noun, adjective ɪnˈi bri ɪt, ɪˈni- /

verb (used with object), in·e·bri·at·ed, in·e·bri·at·ing.

to make drunk; intoxicate.
to exhilarate, confuse, or stupefy mentally or emotionally.

noun

an intoxicated person.
a habitual drunkard.

adjective

Also in·e·bri·at·ed. drunk; intoxicated.

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

Synonym study

4. See drunkard.
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inebriate

verb (ɪnˈiːbrɪˌeɪt) (tr)

to make drunk; intoxicate
to arouse emotionally; make excited

noun (ɪnˈiːbrɪɪt)

a person who is drunk, esp habitually

adjective (ɪnˈiːbrɪɪt) inebriated

drunk, esp habitually
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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