I. transitive verb (-ated; -ating) Etymology: Middle English inebryat, from Latin inebriatus, past participle of inebriare, from in- + ebriare to intoxicate, from ebrius drunk Date: 15th century 1. to exhilarate or stupefy as if by liquor 2. to make drunk ; intoxicateinebriation noun II. adjective Date: 15th century 1. affected by alcohol ; drunk 2. addicted to excessive drinking III. noun Date: circa 1796 one who is drunk; especially drunkard

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  • Inebriate — In*e bri*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inebriated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inebriating}.] [L. inebriatus, p. p. of inebriare; pref. in in + ebriare to make drunk, fr. ebrius drunk. See {Ebriety}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To make drunk; to intoxicate. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inebriate — In*e bri*ate, a. [L. inebriatus, p. p.] Intoxicated; drunk; habitually given to drink; stupefied. [1913 Webster] Thus spake Peter, as a man inebriate and made drunken with the sweetness of this vision, not knowing what he said. Udall. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inebriate — In*e bri*ate, v. i. To become drunk. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inebriate — In*e bri*ate, n. One who is drunk or intoxicated; esp., an habitual drunkard; as, an asylum for inebriates. [1913 Webster] Some inebriates have their paroxysms of inebriety. E. Darwin. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inebriate — v. To make intoxicated or drunk. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

  • inebriate — (v.) late 15c., from L. inebriatus, pp. of inebriare to make drunk, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + ebriare make drunk, from ebrius drunk, of unknown origin. Related: INEBRIATED (Cf. Inebriated); inebriating. Also …   Etymology dictionary

  • inebriate — n *drunkard, alcoholic, dipsomaniac, sot, soak, toper, tosspot, tippler Antonyms: teetotaler …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inebriate — ► VERB ▪ make drunk; intoxicate. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ drunk; intoxicated. DERIVATIVES inebriation noun inebriety noun. ORIGIN Latin inebriare intoxicate …   English terms dictionary

  • inebriate — [in ē′brē āt΄; ] for adj. [ & ] n. [, in ē ′brēit, in ē′brēāt΄] vt. inebriated, inebriating [< L inebriatus, pp. of inebriare, to intoxicate < in , intens. + ebriare, to make drunk < ebrius, drunk] 1. to make drunk; intoxicate 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • inebriate — 1. noun A person who is intoxicated, especially one who is habitually drunk. As he walked along, the inebriate, whose gait was at first unsteady, recovered his equilibrium and required less help. Syn: drunkard 2. verb …   Wiktionary

  • inebriate — [15] Latin ēbrius (a relative of sōbrius, from which English gets sober) meant ‘drunk’. From it was formed the verb ēbriāre ‘intoxicate’, which with the addition of the intensive prefix in produced inēbriāre ‘make very drunk’ – whence English… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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