Definition of tranquilize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtraNGkwəˌlīz/
(British tranquillize)


[with object] (usually as adjective tranquilizing)
1(Of a drug) have a calming or sedative effect on: the majority regarded tranquilizing drugs as the chief therapeutic weapon
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  • Generation after generation of families of families, systematically marginalised by their supposed betters and tranquillised by welfare and drugs, are doomed to the underclass.
  • Drinking alcohol does not produce true ‘relaxation’ - it ‘drugs’ or ‘tranquilizes’ the drinker, and alcohol cannot only disrupt sleep, it can cause stress.
  • It is a tricyclic antidepressant with one of the most powerful anti-itch and antihistaminic effects, as well as sedative / tranquilizing effects.
1.1Administer a tranquilizing drug to (a person or animal): the stray elk was tranquilized and relocated
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  • Animal control officers managed to tranquilize the frightened creature and removed it.
  • In such cases, they hold you down and tranquilize you, like an animal, like the unreachable wounded animal they consider you to be.
  • They are going to tranquilize the deer if they find him with tranquilizer guns, but they have to shoot the alligators.
sedate, put under sedation, narcotize, anesthetize, etherize, drug
1.2 literary Make tranquil: joys that tranquilize the mind
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  • The second function of music therapy is relaxation because the music can tranquilize the mind by nourishing the heart.
  • To be plopped in the river's midst, in a canoe, on a spectacular day, is tranquilizing.
  • Her voice chokes and cracks breathlessly just above the mix; cymbal washes slowly tranquilize the listener.

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Syllabification: tran·quil·ize

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