Definition of narcotize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnärkəˌtīz/


[with object]
1Stupefy with or as if with a drug.
Example sentences
  • One of the movie's indelible motifs is the sight of viewers huddled together around a television set, eyes glazed over, happily narcotized by the flickering images.
  • To some adult eyes it was an acid trip; to others it was visual Muzak, an attempt to narcotize the youngest generation of TV viewers ever.
  • Or is it, as I think Jim is suggesting, that college-aged students have become so narcotized by our entertainment-obsessed culture that they don't see what may be headed their way?
1.1Make (something) have a soporific or narcotic effect: the essence of apple blossom narcotizes the air



Pronunciation: /ˌnärkədəˈzāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • They use narcotization to avoid conflict and to maintain a self image of being comfortable or harmonious.
  • The major, if not the only, driving force behind the ongoing narcotisation of Russia is the economic interest of the illicit drug business.
  • These are known as opsonins or alexins, and they act on the bacteria by a process comparable to narcotisation, and render them an easy prey for the phagocytes.

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Syllabification: nar·co·tize

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