(also tranquillise; US tranquilize)
verb[with object] (usually as adjective tranquillizing)
- 1(Of a drug) have a calming or sedative effect on: the majority regarded tranquillizing drugs as the chief therapeutic weaponMore example sentences
- 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 tranquillizer to (a person or animal): the dogs had to be tranquillized before their owner’s body could be brought outMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 • literary Make tranquil: joys that tranquillize the mindMore example sentences
- 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.