nar·​co·​tize | \ ˈnär-kə-ˌtīz How to pronounce narcotize (audio) \
narcotized; narcotizing

Definition of narcotize

transitive verb

1a : to treat with or subject to a narcotic
b : to put into narcosis
2 : to soothe to unconsciousness or unawareness

intransitive verb

: to act as a narcotic

Examples of narcotize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The smartphone, for all its wonder and utility, has also proved to be a narcotizing agent. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "The Real Trouble With Silicon Valley," 17 Dec. 2019 What would happen if Parker really turned on, tuned in and dropped out, and took his show to mind-expanding — not just narcotizing — heights? Chris Kelly, Washington Post, "Tame Impala’s freak flag flies at half-staff at Anthem show," 25 Aug. 2019 Auto-Tune; hip-hop; and the nasal, narcotized, dispirited voices of SoundCloud rap compete with, and often out-stream, the kind of soulful vocal storytelling that would have had Ms. Aguilera flourishing in previous eras. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Christina Aguilera Exults in Her Voice on ‘Liberation’," 13 June 2018 He is perpetually narcotized, endlessly plaintive, borderline disoriented. New York Times, "Post Malone and Rae Sremmurd, Hip-Hop Impressionists Shaping the Stream," 9 May 2018 Instead, waging a battle against evil has a narcotizing effect. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "The Impotence of Blaming 'Evil'," 2 Oct. 2017 This deeply autobiographical novel recounts growing up gay in rural France, where the men and women scuff and strain against economic morbidity, class invisibility and narcotizing boredom. New York Times, "12 New Books We Recommend This Week," 25 May 2017 Both are set in decaying manufacturing towns — places where the men and women scuff and strain against economic morbidity, class invisibility and narcotizing boredom. Jennifer Senior, New York Times, "‘The End of Eddy’ Captures a Savage Childhood and a Global Movement," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of narcotize

1526, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for narcotize

narcot(ic) entry 1 + -ize

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variants: also British narcotise \ ˈnär-​kə-​ˌtīz How to pronounce narcotize (audio) \
narcotized also British narcotised; narcotizing also British narcotising

Medical Definition of narcotize

transitive verb

1 : to treat with or subject to a narcotic
2 : to put into a state of narcosis

intransitive verb

: to act as a narcotizing agent

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