intoxicating

[ in-tok-si-key-ting ]
/ ɪnˈtɒk sɪˌkeɪ tɪŋ /

adjective

causing or capable of causing intoxication: intoxicating beverages.
exhilarating; exciting: an intoxicating idea.

Origin of intoxicating

First recorded in 1625–35; intoxicate + -ing2

Related forms

in·tox·i·cat·ing·ly, adverbnon·in·tox·i·cat·ing, adjectivenon·in·tox·i·cat·ing·ly, adverbun·in·tox·i·cat·ing, adjective

Definition for intoxicating (2 of 2)

intoxicate

[ verb in-tok-si-keyt; adjective in-tok-suh-kit, -keyt ]
/ verb ɪnˈtɒk sɪˌkeɪt; adjective ɪnˈtɒk sə kɪt, -ˌkeɪt /

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.

Origin of intoxicate

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

Related forms

in·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 intoxicating (1 of 2)

intoxicating

/ (ɪnˈtɒksɪˌkeɪtɪŋ) /

adjective

(of an alcoholic drink) producing in a person a state ranging from euphoria to stupor, usually accompanied by loss of inhibitions and control; inebriating
stimulating, exciting, or producing great elation

Derived Forms

intoxicatingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for intoxicating (2 of 2)

intoxicate

/ (ɪnˈtɒksɪˌkeɪt) /

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, 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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Medicine definitions for intoxicating

intoxicate

[ ĭn-tŏksĭ-kāt′ ]

v.

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