trau·​ma·​tize | \ˈtrȯ-mə-ˌtīz also ˈtrau̇- \
traumatized; traumatizing

Definition of traumatize 

transitive verb

: to inflict a trauma upon

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Other Words from traumatize

traumatization \ˌtrȯ-​mə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən also ˌtrau̇-​ \ noun

Examples of traumatize in a Sentence

He was traumatized by the experience.

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Since 1888 generations of women have shopped and been traumatized at this mammary mecca. Nora Zelevansky, Town & Country, "To Have and Have Not," 4 Jan. 2013 Even though Jones complied in every way, Groubert shot Jones for reaching into his car to retrieve his wallet, traumatizing him for life. Michael Harriot, The Root, "All Black People Are Victims of Police Brutality," 26 June 2018 Marilyn Thomasson, 66, said she is traumatized after witnessing Phoenix police shoot a man on a bus at the Metrocenter transit station May 29, 2018. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Officers who fatally shot man on city bus near Metrocenter identified," 3 June 2018 More children may end up lost or traumatized in a system unprepared for the spike in children in need of placement and care. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, "Is one lawsuit a path to justice and reunification for separated migrant families?," 23 June 2018 Her philosophy of clinical care puts personhood first and admits that our society traumatizes people, sometimes in the name of helping. David Staats, idahostatesman, "Who is shaping today's Treasure Valley? Here's what six local leaders shared with us | Idaho Statesman," 11 May 2018 Passengers reported that guns were aimed at them and many were traumatized by the incident., "The Quick Read: Joe Jackson Is Spending Final Days Of His Life In Hospital," 27 June 2018 Yet angered, traumatized or otherwise motivated, hundreds of I-4 drivers were convinced the contractor was to be blamed for damages and pursued a claim despite difficulties involved. Kevin Spear,, "I-4 construction nightmares: Drivers seeking payment for car damage face daunting odds," 13 July 2018 That’s something that can traumatize Kayla forever., "Eighth Grade's Elsie Fisher Shares What She Wishes People Knew About Gen Z," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of traumatize

1903, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of traumatize

: to cause (someone) to become very upset in a way that often leads to serious emotional problems : to cause (someone) to suffer emotional trauma


transitive verb
variants: also British traumatise \-​ˌtīz \
traumatized also British traumatised; traumatizing also British traumatising

Medical Definition of traumatize 

: to inflict a trauma upon traumatized tissues children traumatized by physical abuse

Other Words from traumatize

traumatization also British traumatisation \ˌtrȯ-​mət-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən, ˌtrau̇-​ \ noun

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