intoxicate
I. adjective Date: 15th century archaic intoxicated II. transitive verb (-cated; -cating) Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin intoxicatus, past participle of intoxicare, from Latin in- + toxicum poison — more at toxic Date: 15th century 1. poison 2. a. to excite or stupefy by alcohol or a drug especially to the point where physical and mental control is markedly diminished b. to excite or elate to the point of enthusiasm or frenzy

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  • Intoxicate — In*tox i*cate, a. [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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Intoxicated. [1913 Webster] 2. Overexcited …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intoxicate — in·tox·i·cate /in täk sə ˌkāt/ vt cat·ed, cat·ing: to excite or stupefy by alcohol or a drug esp. to the point where physical and mental control is markedly diminished see also driving under the influence Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law.… …   Law dictionary

  • Intoxicate — In*tox i*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Intoxicated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Intoxicating}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To poison; to drug. South. [1913 Webster] 2. To make drunk; to inebriate; to excite or to stupefy by strong drink or by a narcotic substance.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intoxicate — (v.) to poison, mid 15c., from M.L. intoxicatus, pp. of intoxicare to poison, from L. in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + toxicare to poison, from toxicum poison (see TOXIC (Cf. toxic)). Meaning …   Etymology dictionary

  • intoxicate — ► VERB 1) (of alcoholic drink or a drug) cause (someone) to lose control of their faculties. 2) poison. 3) excite or exhilarate. DERIVATIVES intoxication noun. ORIGIN Latin intoxicare, from toxicum poison …   English terms dictionary

  • intoxicate — [in täk′si kāt΄] vt. intoxicated, intoxicating [< ML intoxicatus, pp. of intoxicare, to poison, drug < L in , in + toxicare, to smear with poison < toxicum, poison: see TOXIC] 1. to affect the nervous system of, so as to cause a loss of… …   English World dictionary

  • intoxicate — intoxicable /in tok si keuh beuhl/, adj. intoxicator, n. v. /in tok si kayt /; adj. /in tok seuh kit, kayt /, v., intoxicated, intoxicating, adj. v.t. 1. to affect temporarily with diminished physical and mental control by means of alcoholic… …   Universalium

  • intoxicate — verb To stupefy by doping with chemical substances such as alcohol. Syn: inebriate See Also: intoxication …   Wiktionary

  • intoxicate — in·tox·i·cate sə .kāt vt, cat·ed; cat·ing 1) POISON 2) to excite or stupefy by alcohol or a drug esp. to the point where physical and mental control is markedly diminished …   Medical dictionary

  • intoxicate — Synonyms and related words: addle, animate, befuddle, bemuse, besot, bewitch, cause vertigo, dizzy, elate, electrify, enchant, enliven, enrapture, ensorcel, entrance, excite, exhilarate, fascinate, flush, galvanize, give a thrill, inebriate,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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