[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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Examples from the Web for intoxicate
Their name, their garb, and work did so intoxicate and bewitch me.'Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
She did not attempt to disguise her wish to please, to flatter, to intoxicate.A Great Man
She threw him one of those glances that intoxicate like wine.The Child of Pleasure
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
- (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 intoxicate
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To stupefy or excite, as by the action of a chemical substance such as alcohol.
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