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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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Related Words

benumb, hit, numb, relax, dope, stupefy, poison, dose, medicate, desensitize, treat, sedate, deaden, blunt, fix, anesthetize, opiate, physic

Examples from the Web for narcotized

Historical Examples

  • The pain may be stilled, and the disease forgotten, but it has not been removed; its symptom has been narcotized.

    Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why

    Martha M. Allen

  • He narcotized her, took her in a train to a hospital, delivered her by cesarean section, and saved her and the child.

  • Very rarely a dog may fail to come readily under the influence of morphia, may be excited by it, not narcotized.

British Dictionary definitions for narcotized



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