trau·​ma·​tize ˈtrȯ-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce traumatize (audio)
ˈtrau̇- How to pronounce traumatize (audio)
traumatized; traumatizing

transitive verb

: to inflict a trauma upon
traumatization noun

Examples of traumatize in a Sentence

He was traumatized by the experience.
Recent Examples on the Web Unless the person is severely traumatized and showing serious symptoms, then people will not really . . . Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2024 When mishandled, experts say, students could be further traumatized and isolated. Yana Kunichoff, The Arizona Republic, 17 Apr. 2024 Oftentimes in ways that leave kids feeling traumatized. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2024 Years later, no longer a cop and still traumatized, TJ moves back to Pittsburgh and finds his way to Kevin’s widow, Kacie. Katcy Stephan, Variety, 11 Apr. 2024 This is the tale of one family that has been left deeply traumatized by the kidnapping epidemic in Nigeria. Emmanuel Akinwotu, NPR, 9 Apr. 2024 Enraged and traumatized by the Hamas attacks, most Israelis want Gaza destroyed. Karen Deyoung, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2024 Those moments do arrive, confidently, in ways that fans will tick off approvingly without ever being wholly traumatized by. Joshua Rothkopf, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2024 But when his father (Adam Jacobs) returns after several years in a prisoner-of-war camp, and kills the lover that his mother (Alison Luff) has acquired in the meantime, the boy is traumatized. Jesse Green, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of traumatize was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Traumatize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


trau·​ma·​tize ˈtrau̇-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce traumatize (audio)
traumatized; traumatizing
: to inflict trauma upon
was traumatized by the accident

Medical Definition


transitive verb
variants also British traumatise
traumatized also British traumatised; traumatizing also British traumatising
: to inflict a trauma upon
traumatized tissues
children traumatized by physical abuse
traumatization noun
also British traumatisation

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