intoxicate

[verb in-tok-si-keyt; adjective in-tok-suh-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.

adjective

Archaic. intoxicated.

Nearby words

  1. intortor,
  2. intortus,
  3. intourist,
  4. intown,
  5. intoxicant,
  6. intoxicated,
  7. intoxicating,
  8. intoxication,
  9. intoxicative,
  10. intr

Origin of intoxicate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin intoxicātus, past participle of intoxicāre to poison. See in-2, toxic, -ate1

Related formsin·tox·i·ca·ble [in-tok-si-kuh-buh l] /ɪnˈtɒk sɪ kə bəl/, adjectivein·tox·i·ca·tor, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for intoxicate

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 Formsintoxicable, adjectiveintoxicative, adjectiveintoxicator, 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

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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Medicine definitions for intoxicate

intoxicate

[ĭn-tŏksĭ-kāt′]

v.

To stupefy or excite, as by the action of a chemical substance such as alcohol.

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