narcotize

[ 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 formsnar·co·ti·za·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for narcotize

  • A mystic beverage secretly used by our most popular novelists and poets to regulate the imagination and narcotize the conscience.

    The Devil's Dictionary|Ambrose Bierce
  • It is upon this very principle that the same amount of wine may stimulate at dinner, but narcotize when taken in the forenoon.

  • The instruction I gave him was in these words: "I want you to narcotize those women to within an inch of their lives."

  • They fascinate even when they excite, and soothe and narcotize in the communication of their subtle power.

    A Trooper Galahad|Charles King

British Dictionary definitions for narcotize

narcotize

narcotise

/ (ˈnɑːkəˌtaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to place under the influence of a narcotic drug
Derived Formsnarcotization or narcotisation, noun
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Medicine definitions for narcotize

narcotize

[ närkə-tīz′ ]

v.

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