[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. narcotherapy,
  2. narcotic,
  3. narcotic blockade,
  4. narcotic reversal,
  5. narcotism,
  6. narcotrafficking,
  7. nard,
  8. nardine,
  9. nardoo,
  10. nare

Also especially British, nar·co·tise.

Origin of narcotize

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

Related formsnar·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 Formsnarcotization or narcotisation, noun

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Medicine definitions for narcotization


[ närkə-tīz′ ]


To place under the influence of a narcotic.
Related formsnar′co•ti•zation (-tĭ-zāshən) n.

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