[ nahr-kuh-tahyz ]
/ ˈnɑr kəˌtaɪz /

verb (used with object), nar·co·tized, nar·co·tiz·ing.

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), nar·co·tized, nar·co·tiz·ing.

to act as a narcotic: a remedy that does not heal but merely narcotizes.
Also especially British, nar·co·tise.

Origin of narcotize

First recorded in 1835–45; narcot(ic) + -ize

Related forms

nar·co·ti·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for narcotization



/ (ˈnɑːkəˌtaɪz) /


(tr) to place under the influence of a narcotic drug

Derived Forms

narcotization or narcotisation, noun
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Medicine definitions for narcotization


[ närkə-tīz′ ]


To place under the influence of a narcotic.

Related forms

nar′co•ti•zation (-tĭ-zāshən) n.
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