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’
    • ‘I banged on the door, too inebriated and stupefied to think.’
    • ‘Two foreign tours later, my garden had become a cider-pond, surrounded by staggering inebriated wasps.’
    • ‘I was inebriated and thought they were really cool, but they had gone out of fashion before they'd even left the shop.’
    • ‘We were two slightly inebriated gentlemen trundling along on a Sunday evening.’
    • ‘The smell of alcohol and sweat poured from the doorway and they stepped back as two inebriated guys stumbled past them.’
    • ‘Other positives include the convenience of not getting inebriated.’
    • ‘Several of the more inebriated patrons were dancing, whether it was on the tables, chairs or floor.’
    • ‘The Garda witness said the victim was quite inebriated when he saw her later and she had to be helped into a Garda car.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After he said a few things and we looked at how he was acting we realized he was inebriated.’
    • ‘Even though I was, unsurprisingly, inebriated, and just wanted to lark and josh around with the lads.’
    • ‘As I get increasingly inebriated, I make friends to stumble from bar to bar with.’
    • ‘At least my old friends didn't find me inebriated on the floor of a bar.’
    • ‘This allowed for an extremely inebriated guy to take the stage.’
    • ‘I asked her how long it had taken her to get her sea legs, but she said she'd been rather inebriated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Become inebriated, do not fight it, revel in the sheer joy of unmitigated excess and alcohol induced stupidity.’
    • ‘Of the most memorable, ecstatic and monumentally fun moments so far, many have happened while inebriated.’
    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’
    • ‘In this age of industrial capitalism, the goal was to restore inebriates' economic productivity as well as their willpower.’
    • ‘Anchorage used to have an honor farm where inebriates grew their own food and fished.’
    • ‘The casual drinkers stumbled out to be replaced by the more sinister silent sort of inebriate - the kind with cold, mad eyes.’
    • ‘After all, self-discipline was to be the dominant trait of both the proper slave master and the reformed inebriate.’
    • ‘Then, with all the strength she possessed, she threw the inebriate onto her shoulders as if he was nothing more than a mink stole.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Public interest in medical treatment for inebriates waxed when local prohibition laws and sentiment waned.’
    • ‘The Magistrates, believing that imprisonment would not reform the woman, decided to send her to an inebriates' home for two years.’
    • ‘The tree trunk has become a useful crutch for the inebriate.’
    • ‘Philostratus in turn described Andros as a land of Cockaigne for inebriates.’
    • ‘He is an habitual inebriate but not an habitual drunkard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Alcohol abuse has in many instances also reduced once dignified, principled and balanced people into inferior inebriates lacking drive, initiative and resoluteness.’
    • ‘In 1913 the London County Council carried a resolution to close its inebriate reformatory, Farmfield.’
    • ‘It was more like a soccer match attended by a club of misanthropic inebriates.’
    drinker, heavy drinker, problem drinker, drunk, drunkard, alcoholic, dipsomaniac, alcohol-abuser, alcohol addict, person with a drink problem
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adjective

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

    ‘he had been known to get hopelessly inebriate’
    ‘inebriate times by the Bay’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Prominent candidates are denounced as renegade and inebriate.’
    • ‘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.’
    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/