- 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.
- to act as a narcotic: a remedy that does not heal but merely narcotizes.
Also especially British, nar·co·tise.
Origin of narcotize
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Examples from the Web for narcotize
The instruction I gave him was in these words: "I want you to narcotize those women to within an inch of their lives."
A mystic beverage secretly used by our most popular novelists and poets to regulate the imagination and narcotize the conscience.The Devil's Dictionary
They fascinate even when they excite, and soothe and narcotize in the communication of their subtle power.A Trooper Galahad
It is upon this very principle that the same amount of wine may stimulate at dinner, but narcotize when taken in the forenoon.Tobacco and Alcohol
- (tr) to place under the influence of a narcotic drug
- To place under the influence of a narcotic.
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