intoxicate(redirected from intoxicates)
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v. intoxi·cated, intoxi·cating, intoxi·cates
a. To impair the physical and mental faculties of (a person) by means of alcohol or a drug or other chemical substance: served strong cocktails that intoxicated all the guests.
b. To damage physiologically by means of a chemical substance; poison: birds that were intoxicated by pesticides.
To cause impairment, 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).
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