- to affect the nervous system of, so as to cause a loss of control; make drunk; stupefy; inebriate: said of alcoholic liquor or a drug
- to excite to a point beyond self-control; make wild with excitement or happiness
- Med. to poison or have a poisonous effect on
Origin of intoxicate; from Medieval Latin intoxicatus, past participle of intoxicare, to poison, drug ; from Classical Latin in-, in + toxicare, to smear with poison ; from toxicum, poison: see toxic
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- To stupefy or excite by the action of a chemical substance such as alcohol.
- To stimulate or excite: “a man whom life intoxicates, who has no need of wine” (Ana&idie;s Nin).
- To poison.
Origin of intoxicateMiddle English, to poison, from Medieval Latin intoxicare, intoxicat- : Latin in-, in; see in–2 + Late Latin toxicare, to smear with poison (from Latin toxicum, poison; see toxic).
(third-person singular simple present intoxicates, present participle intoxicating, simple past and past participle intoxicated)
(comparative more intoxicate, superlative most intoxicate)
- (obsolete) Intoxicated.
- (obsolete) Overexcited, as with joy or grief.
From Medieval Latin intoxicātus, past participle of intoxicō, from Latin toxicō < toxicus, from Ancient Greek τοξικόν (toksikon).