Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To stupefy or excite by the action of a chemical substance such as alcohol.
  • transitive v. To stimulate or excite: "a man whom life intoxicates, who has no need of wine” ( Anaïs Nin).
  • transitive v. To poison.
  • intransitive v. To cause stupefaction, stimulation, or excitement by or as if by use of a chemical substance: "The notion of Holy War is showing that it has not yet lost all its power to intoxicate and to inflame” ( Conor Cruise O'Brien).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To stupefy by doping with chemical substances such as alcohol.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Intoxicated.
  • adj. Overexcited, as with joy or grief.
  • transitive v. To poison; to drug.
  • transitive v. To make drunk; to inebriate; to excite or to stupefy by strong drink or by a narcotic substance.
  • transitive v. To excite to a transport of enthusiasm, frenzy, or madness; to elate unduly or excessively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To poison.
  • To make drunk, as with spirituous liquor; inebriate.
  • Figuratively, to excite to a very high pitch of feeling; elate to exaltation, enthusiasm, or frenzy: as, one intoxicated by success.
  • To poison.
  • To cause or produce intoxication; have the property of intoxicating: as, an intoxicating liquor.
  • Intoxicated.

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

  • v. make drunk (with alcoholic drinks)
  • v. have an intoxicating effect on, of a drug
  • v. fill with high spirits; fill with optimism

Etymologies

Middle English, to poison, from Medieval Latin intoxicāre, intoxicāt- : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Late Latin toxicāre, to smear with poison (from Latin toxicum, poison; see toxic).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin intoxicātus, past participle of intoxicō, from Latin toxicō < toxicus, from Ancient Greek τοξικόν. (Wiktionary)

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    July 18, 2009

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    July 18, 2009

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    July 18, 2009

  • The high in WeirdNet's def is optional, methinks.

    July 30, 2008