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or tranquillize

[trang-kwuh-lahyz] /ˈtræŋ kwəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with or without object), tranquilized, tranquilizing.
to make or become tranquil.
Also, especially British, tranquillise.
Origin of tranquilize
First recorded in 1615-25; tranquil + -ize
Related forms
tranquilization, noun
untranquilize, verb (used with object), untranquilized, untranquilizing. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Everyone talked loudly to the pitcher, as much, perhaps, to tranquilize his own nerves as to encourage Mason.

    The Lucky Seventh Ralph Henry Barbour
  • This tranquilized his spirit, and with this he sought to tranquilize the widow too.

    Life and Times of David Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • The settlers therefore, regardless of political sentiment, united in an effort to tranquilize matters.

    John Brown, Soldier of Fortune Hill Peebles Wilson
  • It cannot fail to emancipate the heart and tranquilize the conscience.

    The All-Sufficiency of Christ Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • tranquilize yourself, dearest sister, murmured Flora, bending over the couch and pressing her lips on Nisidas burning cheek.

    Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf George W. M. Reynolds
  • Surely these ought to satisfy your heart and tranquilize your mind.

    The All-Sufficiency of Christ Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • Yes, I shall kill them, I know, but I shall receive some good blow which will tranquilize me forever.

    Chicot the Jester Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • It is eminently calculated to tranquilize the heart, come what may.

  • To relieve his embarrassment, and tranquilize his temper, I suggested that they were not beyond reach.

    Thirty Years in the Itinerancy Wesson Gage Miller
  • Next, excite the house with another spoonful of Fultonian fact, then tranquilize them again with another barrel of illustration.

Word Origin and History for tranquilize

1620s, from tranquil + -ize. Related: Tranquilized; tranquilizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tranquilize in Medicine

tranquilize tran·quil·ize or tran·quil·lize (trāng'kwə-līz', trān'-)
v. tran·quil·ized or tran·quil·lized, tran·quil·iz·ing or tran·quil·liz·ing, tran·quil·iz·es or tran·quil·liz·es

  1. To make tranquil; pacify.

  2. To sedate or relieve of anxiety or tension by the administration of a drug.

  3. To become tranquil; relax.

  4. To have a calming or soothing effect.

tran'quil·i·za'tion (-kwə-lĭ-zā'shən) n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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