Definition of inebriate in English:

inebriate

Pronunciation /iˈnēbrēˌāt/ /ɪˈnibriˌeɪt/

transitive verb

[with object]formal, humorous
  • Make (someone) drunk; intoxicate.

    ‘it is a rum-based drink designed more to inebriate the masses than to please the palate’
    ‘those who feel inclined are free to inebriate themselves’
    • ‘The old man was not inebriated or hurt by a passing vehicle.’
    • ‘The mud underfoot is fast becoming a river and various members of the crew are skidding and staggering across the car park, like inebriated Bambis.’
    • ‘Two foreign tours later, my garden had become a cider-pond, surrounded by staggering inebriated wasps.’
    • ‘This allowed for an extremely inebriated guy to take the stage.’
    • ‘I was inebriated and thought they were really cool, but they had gone out of fashion before they'd even left the shop.’
    • ‘The Garda witness said the victim was quite inebriated when he saw her later and she had to be helped into a Garda car.’
    • ‘We were two slightly inebriated gentlemen trundling along on a Sunday evening.’
    • ‘I asked her how long it had taken her to get her sea legs, but she said she'd been rather inebriated.’
    • ‘The smell of alcohol and sweat poured from the doorway and they stepped back as two inebriated guys stumbled past them.’
    • ‘Several of the more inebriated patrons were dancing, whether it was on the tables, chairs or floor.’
    • ‘After he said a few things and we looked at how he was acting we realized he was inebriated.’
    • ‘At least my old friends didn't find me inebriated on the floor of a bar.’
    • ‘I banged on the door, too inebriated and stupefied to think.’
    • ‘Of the most memorable, ecstatic and monumentally fun moments so far, many have happened while inebriated.’
    • ‘Other positives include the convenience of not getting inebriated.’
    • ‘As I get increasingly inebriated, I make friends to stumble from bar to bar with.’
    • ‘Become inebriated, do not fight it, revel in the sheer joy of unmitigated excess and alcohol induced stupidity.’
    • ‘Even though I was, unsurprisingly, inebriated, and just wanted to lark and josh around with the lads.’
    • ‘So exuberant, perhaps a tad inebriated but almost always good natured and fun.’
    • ‘Children are resorting to binge drinking, often becoming so inebriated they can't speak or walk.’
    inebriate, make drunk, make intoxicated, make inebriated

noun

formal, humorous
  • A drunkard.

    ‘he was marked down as an inebriate’
    • ‘Philostratus in turn described Andros as a land of Cockaigne for inebriates.’
    • ‘The Magistrates, believing that imprisonment would not reform the woman, decided to send her to an inebriates' home for two years.’
    • ‘It was more like a soccer match attended by a club of misanthropic inebriates.’
    • ‘Alcohol abuse has in many instances also reduced once dignified, principled and balanced people into inferior inebriates lacking drive, initiative and resoluteness.’
    • ‘In this age of industrial capitalism, the goal was to restore inebriates' economic productivity as well as their willpower.’
    • ‘Then, with all the strength she possessed, she threw the inebriate onto her shoulders as if he was nothing more than a mink stole.’
    • ‘The tree trunk has become a useful crutch for the inebriate.’
    • ‘After all, self-discipline was to be the dominant trait of both the proper slave master and the reformed inebriate.’
    • ‘He is an habitual inebriate but not an habitual drunkard.’
    • ‘The casual drinkers stumbled out to be replaced by the more sinister silent sort of inebriate - the kind with cold, mad eyes.’
    • ‘In 1913 the London County Council carried a resolution to close its inebriate reformatory, Farmfield.’
    • ‘Public interest in medical treatment for inebriates waxed when local prohibition laws and sentiment waned.’
    • ‘As for reducing the number of public inebriates, the answer is simple: Do not let them drink.’
    • ‘Homeless chronic inebriates require access to transitional housing and supportive services in order to stabilize.’
    • ‘Anchorage used to have an honor farm where inebriates grew their own food and fished.’
    • ‘From 12 March 1915 ‘sixteen male inebriates of the non-criminal type’ were sent to Shaftesbury from the State Penitentiary for a period of re-habitation.’
    drinker, heavy drinker, problem drinker, drunk, drunkard, alcoholic, dipsomaniac, alcohol-abuser, alcohol addict, person with a drink problem

adjective

formal, humorous
  • Drunk; intoxicated.

    ‘he had been known to get hopelessly inebriate’
    ‘inebriate times by the Bay’
    • ‘To that end, if anyone wants an inebriate Santa staying on their floor sometime in December, do let me know.’
    • ‘An inebriate Glaswegian was ahead of me in the queue.’
    • ‘We hooked up with the wedding party towards the inebriate end of the evening - my word, did we ever.’
    • ‘Moreover, it can give one a feeling of energy, power and strength that can last for days after the inebriate effects have worn off.’
    • ‘They are political or philosophical, merrily inebriate or sententiously sober.’
    • ‘Thoroughly fed up with the whole affair, I cut my losses and my inebriate courage disappeared.’
    • ‘Prominent candidates are denounced as renegade and inebriate.’
    • ‘The hitherto silent island of Naxos has startlingly become populated with fauns and maenads and sileni and old Silenus himself swaying inebriate on his donkey.’
    drunk, intoxicated, inebriate, drunken, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence

Origin

Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin inebriatus, past participle of inebriare ‘intoxicate’ (based on ebrius ‘drunk’).

Pronunciation

inebriate

/iˈnēbrēˌāt/ /ɪˈnibriˌeɪt/