intoxicate [ verb in- tok-si-keyt; adjective in- tok-s uh-kit, -keyt] verb (used with object), in·tox·i·cat·ed, in·tox·i·cat·ing. 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), in·tox·i·cat·ed, in·tox·i·cat·ing. to cause or produce intoxication: having the power to intoxicate. Origin of intoxicate 1375–1425; late Middle English
Medieval Latin intoxicātus,
past participle of
to poison. See
-ate 1 Related forms in·tox·i·ca·ble , [in- tok-si-k uh-b uh l] /ɪnˈtɒk sɪ kə bəl/ adjective in·tox·i·ca·tor, noun
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Their name, their garb, and work did so
intoxicate and bewitch me.'
She did not attempt to disguise her wish to please, to flatter, to
She threw him one of those glances that
intoxicate like wine.
It did not
intoxicate, but still further sobered, the beneficiary.
He, who offers incense to her intellect, may
intoxicate and win. British Dictionary definitions for intoxicate verb (tr) (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 for intoxicate
C16: from Medieval Latin, from
intoxicāre to poison, from Latin toxicum poison; see toxic
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Word Origin and History for intoxicate v.
"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 [ĭn-tŏk ′sĭ-kāt′] v. To stupefy or excite, as by the action of a chemical substance such as alcohol.
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