Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make drunk; intoxicate.
  • transitive v. To exhilarate or stupefy as if with alcohol.
  • adj. Intoxicated.
  • n. An intoxicated person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who is intoxicated, especially one who is habitually drunk.
  • v. To cause to be drunk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Intoxicated; drunk; habitually given to drink; stupefied.
  • n. One who is drunk or intoxicated; esp., an habitual drunkard.
  • intransitive v. To become drunk.
  • transitive v. To make drunk; to intoxicate.
  • transitive v. Fig.: To disorder the senses of; to exhilarate or elate as if by spirituous drink; to deprive of sense and judgment; also, to stupefy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make drunk; intoxicate.
  • Figuratively, to exhilarate extravagantly; intoxicate mentally or emotionally.
  • Drunk; intoxicated, literally or figuratively.
  • n. A habitual drunkard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fill with sublime emotion
  • n. a chronic drinker
  • v. become drunk or drink excessively
  • v. make drunk (with alcoholic drinks)

Etymologies

Latin inēbriāre, inēbriāt- : in-, intensive pref.; + ēbriāre, to intoxicate (from ēbrius, drunk).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin inebriare, from ebrius, drunk (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Like the sparkle of the red wine to the inebriate are the seductive influences of the ballroom.

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  • Bones evade her as he did us at such moments, or would he save our reputation, and consent, for the moment, to accept her as a new kind of inebriate?

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  • But Roger felt far otherwise; and this sudden qualm of conscience once quelled (I will say there seemed much of palliation in the matter), a kind of inebriate feeling of delight filled his mind, and Steady Acton plodded on to the meadow yonder, half a mile a-head, in a species of delirious complacency.

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  • Until my recent trip to Anchorage, Alaska, I had never heard the term "Chronic Public Inebriate," yet in Alaska the word "inebriate" is spoken everywhere.

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  • Yet in Alaska the word "inebriate" is spoken everywhere.

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  • He was greeted with round on round of affectionate cheers, which brought a suspicious moisture to his eyes, albeit many of the voices were inarticulate and inebriate.

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  • The kids are all resourceful and responsible and pitch in financially when needed, while dad is an incontinent, inveterate, indecorous inebriate.

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  • Had she been some rowdy inebriate they might have turned the plane around or emergency-landed.

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  • Ready availability being the most precious of Prohibition virtues, gin was lifted above the historical pedigree that led Willa Cather to call it “the consolation of sailors and inebriate scrub-women.”

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  • In silence, she sipped her wine and seduced the big yellow moon with her naked body until her sadness was beginning to inebriate itself away.

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