[ ee-thuh-rahyz ]
/ ˈi θəˌraɪz /

verb (used with object), e·ther·ized, e·ther·iz·ing.

Medicine/Medical. to put under the influence of ether; anesthetize.
to render groggy or numb, as if by an anesthetic.
Also especially British, e·ther·ise.

Origin of etherize

First recorded in 1740–50; ether + -ize


e·ther·i·za·tion, noune·ther·iz·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for etherize

  • I'm afraid I got kind of mixed up—I could think of nothin' but etherize.

    Drusilla with a Million|Elizabeth Cooper
  • I guess it was the strugglin' that confused my mind, and I been wondering why I could etherize a lot of struggling young poets.

    Drusilla with a Million|Elizabeth Cooper
  • Therefore they etherize and dissect down for the purpose of exploring, to ascertain if the guess is right or wrong.

    Philosophy of Osteopathy|Andrew T. Still
  • I was obliged to etherize it a little, so as to stupefy it, and render it less uneasy.

    The Insect|Jules Michelet

British Dictionary definitions for etherize



/ (ˈiːθəˌraɪz) /


(tr) obsolete to subject (a person) to the anaesthetic influence of ether fumes; anaesthetize

Derived forms of etherize

etherization or etherisation, nounetherizer or etheriser, noun
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