Definition of inebriate in English:

inebriate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
Pronunciation /ɪˈniːbrɪeɪt/
often as adjective inebriated
formal, humorous
  • Make (someone) drunk; intoxicate.

    ‘I got mildly inebriated’
    • ‘We were two slightly inebriated gentlemen trundling along on a Sunday evening.’
    • ‘The Garda witness said the victim was quite inebriated when he saw her later and she had to be helped into a Garda car.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So exuberant, perhaps a tad inebriated but almost always good natured and fun.’
    • ‘This allowed for an extremely inebriated guy to take the stage.’
    • ‘Other positives include the convenience of not getting inebriated.’
    • ‘After he said a few things and we looked at how he was acting we realized he was 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.’
    • ‘Children are resorting to binge drinking, often becoming so inebriated they can't speak or walk.’
    • ‘As I get increasingly inebriated, I make friends to stumble from bar to bar with.’
    • ‘The old man was not inebriated or hurt by a passing vehicle.’
    • ‘At least my old friends didn't find me inebriated on the floor of a bar.’
    • ‘I was inebriated and thought they were really cool, but they had gone out of fashion before they'd even left the shop.’
    • ‘Two foreign tours later, my garden had become a cider-pond, surrounded by staggering inebriated wasps.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Become inebriated, do not fight it, revel in the sheer joy of unmitigated excess and alcohol induced stupidity.’
    • ‘I asked her how long it had taken her to get her sea legs, but she said she'd been rather inebriated.’
    • ‘Even though I was, unsurprisingly, inebriated, and just wanted to lark and josh around with the lads.’
    drunk, intoxicated, inebriate, drunken, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence
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noun

Pronunciation /ɪˈniːbrɪət/
formal, humorous
  • A drunkard.

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

adjective

Pronunciation /ɪˈniːbrɪət/
formal, humorous
  • Drunk; intoxicated.

    ‘he had been known to get hopelessly inebriate’
    ‘inebriate times by the Bay’
    • ‘Thoroughly fed up with the whole affair, I cut my losses and my inebriate courage disappeared.’
    • ‘They are political or philosophical, merrily inebriate or sententiously sober.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An inebriate Glaswegian was ahead of me in the queue.’
    • ‘To that end, if anyone wants an inebriate Santa staying on their floor sometime in December, do let me know.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Prominent candidates are denounced as renegade and inebriate.’
    drunk, intoxicated, inebriate, drunken, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

inebriate

Verb/ɪˈniːbrɪeɪt/

inebriate

Noun/ɪˈniːbrɪət/

inebriate

Adjective/ɪˈniːbrɪət/