from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To make drunk; intoxicate.
  • transitive verb To exhilarate or stupefy.
  • adjective Intoxicated.
  • noun An intoxicated person.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb fill with sublime emotion
  • noun a chronic drinker
  • verb become drunk or drink excessively
  • verb make drunk (with alcoholic drinks)


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

[Latin inēbriāre, inēbriāt- : in-, intensive pref.; see in– + ēbriāre, to intoxicate (from ēbrius, drunk; see egwh- in Indo-European roots).]

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From Latin inebriare, from ebrius, drunk


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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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  • 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.”


  • 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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