Definition of tranquilize in English:


Syllabification: tran·quil·ize
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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