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tranquilize

or tran·quil·lize

[trang-kwuh-lahyz]
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verb (used with or without object), tran·quil·ized, tran·quil·iz·ing.
  1. to make or become tranquil.
Also especially British, tran·quil·lise.

Origin of tranquilize

First recorded in 1615–25; tranquil + -ize
Related formstran·quil·i·za·tion, nounun·tran·quil·ize, verb (used with object), un·tran·quil·ized, un·tran·quil·iz·ing.
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Examples from the Web for tranquilize

Historical Examples

  • This tranquilized his spirit, and with this he sought to tranquilize the widow too.

    Life and Times of David

    Charles Henry Mackintosh

  • Tranquilize yourself: at the proper time you will see him again.

    Stoneheart

    Gustave Aimard

  • Surely these ought to satisfy your heart and tranquilize your mind.

    The All-Sufficiency of Christ

    Charles Henry Mackintosh

  • It cannot fail to emancipate the heart and tranquilize the conscience.

    The All-Sufficiency of Christ

    Charles Henry Mackintosh

  • It is eminently calculated to tranquilize the heart, come what may.


Word Origin and History for tranquilize

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tranquilize in Medicine

tranquilize

v.
  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.
Related formstran′quil•i•zation (-kwə-lĭ-zāshən) n.
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