Intoxicate Definition

intoxicated, intoxicates, intoxicating
intoxicated, intoxicates, intoxicating
To affect the nervous system of, so as to cause a loss of control; make drunk; stupefy; inebriate.
Webster's New World
To stupefy or excite by the action of a chemical substance such as alcohol.
American Heritage
To excite to a point beyond self-control; make wild with excitement or happiness.
Webster's New World
To stimulate or excite.
American Heritage
To poison or have a poisonous effect on.
Webster's New World
(obsolete) Intoxicated.
(obsolete) Overexcited, as with joy or grief.

Origin of Intoxicate

  • Middle English to poison from Medieval Latin intoxicāre intoxicāt- Latin in- in in–2 Late Latin toxicāre to smear with poison (from Latin toxicum poison toxic)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin intoxicātus, past participle of intoxicō, from Latin toxicō < toxicus, from Ancient Greek τοξικόν (toksikon).

    From Wiktionary

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