What does intoxicate mean?

Definitions for intoxicate
ɪnˈtɒk sɪˌkeɪt; -kɪt, -ˌkeɪtin·tox·i·cate

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word intoxicate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. elate, lift up, uplift, pick up, intoxicateverb

    fill with high spirits; fill with optimism

    "Music can uplift your spirits"

  2. intoxicate, soak, inebriateverb

    make drunk (with alcoholic drinks)

  3. intoxicateverb

    have an intoxicating effect on, of a drug


  1. intoxicateverb

    To stupefy by doping with chemical substances such as alcohol.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To INTOXICATEverb

    To inebriate; to make drunk.

    Etymology: in and toxicum, Latin.

    The more a man drinketh of the world, the more it intoxicateth; and age doth profit rather in the powers of understanding than in the virtues of the will and affections. Francis Bacon.

    As with new wine intoxicated both,
    They swim in mirth, and fancy that they feel
    Divinity within them breeding wings,
    Wherewith to scorn the earth. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ix.

    My early mistress, now my ancient muse,
    That strong Circean liquor cease t' infuse,
    Wherewith thou didst intoxicate my youth. John Denham.

    What part of wild fury was there in the bacchanals which we have not seen equall'd, if not exceeded by some intoxicated zealots? Decay of Piety.

    Others, after having done fine things, yet spoil them by endeavouring to make them better; and are so intoxicated with an earnest desire of being above all others, that they suffer themselves to be deceived. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Vegetables by fermentation are wrought up to spirituous liquors, having quite different qualities from the plant itself; for no fruit taken crude has the intoxicating quality of wine. Arbuthnot.


  1. intoxicate

    To intoxicate generally means to make someone lose control of their faculties or behavior by consuming excessive amounts of alcohol or drugs. It can also refer to a strong emotional excitement or euphoria. Additionally, it can signify the effect of a poisonous substance on a person's body. Overall, it refers to a state of mental or physical impairment caused by a substance or an experience.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intoxicateadjective


  2. Intoxicateadjective

    overexcited, as with joy or grief

  3. Intoxicateverb

    to poison; to drug

  4. Intoxicateverb

    to make drunk; to inebriate; to excite or to stupefy by strong drink or by a narcotic substance

  5. Intoxicateverb

    to excite to a transport of enthusiasm, frenzy, or madness; to elate unduly or excessively

  6. Etymology: [LL. intoxicatus, p. p. of intoxicare to drug or poison; pref. in- in + L. toxicum a poison in which arrows were dipped, Gr. , fr. pertaining to a bow. See Toxic.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Intoxicate

    in-toks′i-kāt, v.t. to make drunk: to excite to enthusiasm or madness.—n. Intox′icant, an intoxicating liquor.—p.adj. Intox′icāting, producing intoxication: inebriating.—n. Intoxic′ātion, state of being drunk: high excitement or elation. [Low L. intoxicāre, -ātumtoxicum—Gr. toxikon, a poison in which arrows were dipped—toxon, an arrow.]

Matched Categories

How to pronounce intoxicate?

How to say intoxicate in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intoxicate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intoxicate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of intoxicate in a Sentence

  1. Ali Tapsoba:

    We are not going to allow Burkinabes to be used as guinea pigs, if we intoxicate one link in the food chain, we are going to intoxicate the next link.

  2. Alexander Pope, An essay on Criticism:

    A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again.

  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    If a man knows the law, find out, though he live in a pine shanty, and resort to him. And if a man can pipe or sing, so as to wrap the imprisoned soul in an elysium; or can paint a landscape, and convey into souls and ochres all the enchantments of Spring or Autumn; or can liberate and intoxicate all people who hear him with delicious songs and verses; it is certain that the secret cannot be kept; the first witness tells it to a second, and men go by fives and tens and fifties to his doors.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for intoxicate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for intoxicate »


Find a translation for the intoxicate definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"intoxicate." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 26 Sep. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/intoxicate>.

Discuss these intoxicate definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for intoxicate? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    warn strongly; put on guard
    • A. caddie
    • B. monish
    • C. abrade
    • D. exacerbate

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for intoxicate: