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verb (used with object), nar·co·tized, nar·co·tiz·ing.
  1. to subject to or treat with a narcotic; stupefy.
  2. to make dull; stupefy; deaden the awareness of: He had used liquor to narcotize his anxieties.
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verb (used without object), nar·co·tized, nar·co·tiz·ing.
  1. to act as a narcotic: a remedy that does not heal but merely narcotizes.
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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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Historical Examples

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

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II


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

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

    A Trooper Galahad

    Charles King

  • It is upon this very principle that the same amount of wine may stimulate at dinner, but narcotize when taken in the forenoon.

British Dictionary definitions for narcotize



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


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