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[nahr-kuh-tahyz] /ˈnɑr kəˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), narcotized, narcotizing.
to subject to or treat with a narcotic; stupefy.
to make dull; stupefy; deaden the awareness of:
He had used liquor to narcotize his anxieties.
verb (used without object), narcotized, narcotizing.
to act as a narcotic:
a remedy that does not heal but merely narcotizes.
Also, especially British, narcotise.
Origin of narcotize
First recorded in 1835-45; narcot(ic) + -ize
Related forms
narcotization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for narcotize
Historical Examples
  • The instruction I gave him was in these words: "I want you to narcotize those women to within an inch of their lives."

  • A mystic beverage secretly used by our most popular novelists and poets to regulate the imagination and narcotize the conscience.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • They fascinate even when they excite, and soothe and narcotize in the communication of their subtle power.

    A Trooper Galahad Charles King
  • It is upon this very principle that the same amount of wine may stimulate at dinner, but narcotize when taken in the forenoon.

    Tobacco and Alcohol John Fiske
British Dictionary definitions for narcotize


(transitive) to place under the influence of a narcotic drug
Derived Forms
narcotization, narcotisation, noun
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narcotize in Medicine

narcotize nar·co·tize (när'kə-tīz')
v. nar·co·tized, nar·co·tiz·ing, nar·co·tiz·es
To place under the influence of a narcotic.

nar'co·ti·za'tion (-tĭ-zā'shən) n.
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