Definition of tranquillize in English:

tranquillize

(US tranquilize) (also tranquillise)

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 weapon’
    • ‘Drinking alcohol does not produce true ‘relaxation’ - it ‘drugs’ or ‘tranquilizes’ the drinker, and alcohol cannot only disrupt sleep, it can cause stress.’
    • ‘They have a tranquillising effect, without necessarily causing sleepiness.’
    • ‘Generation after generation of families of families, systematically marginalised by their supposed betters and tranquillised by welfare and drugs, are doomed to the underclass.’
    • ‘Sapphire releases violet cosmic rays, which are cooling and tranquilizing.’
    • ‘The guards are the life-support machines and the tranquilizing drugs.’
    • ‘I have also tried a number of our strongest tranquilizing drugs, but nothing seems to curb his anger.’
    • ‘They were taking more tranquilising drugs, they were in bigger proportion depressed.’
    • ‘It is a tricyclic antidepressant with one of the most powerful anti-itch and antihistaminic effects, as well as sedative / tranquilizing effects.’
    • ‘The 1950s saw the introduction of tranquilizing type drugs, and this did a lot to help deal with the anxiety many of the combat veterans were suffering from.’
    • ‘As he fought to rip the net apart, Francis noticed, with horror, that their struggles were only pulling the net tighter, causing it to inject increasing amounts of tranquilizing drugs into their bodies.’
    • ‘The discovery of Librium and other minor tranquilizing drugs provided an intriguing new approach to understanding the anxiety neuroses.’
    • ‘He hoped that its tranquillising effect could be used to give the patient some rest.’
    • ‘If she was, he was glad he'd taken the tranquilizing drugs to dampen out his responses, and to give him a more ‘pleasant’ personality.’
    • ‘The superintendent wanted her certified as mentally ill and when the psychiatrist refused, she called for the use of tranquillizing drugs, including by intramuscular injection.’
    • ‘It may well be that interpreting the first in terms of the latter motivates a doctor to bury his patient's existential despair under a heap of tranquilizing drugs.’
    tranquillizing, calming, depressant, soothing, calmative, relaxing, soporific
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    1. 1.1 Administer a tranquillizer to (a person or animal)
      ‘the dogs had to be tranquillized before their owner's body could be brought out’
      • ‘Even more cunning, some of the gorillas pretend to be tranquilized.’
      • ‘He failed to snap out of a drugged sleep after he had been tranquillized to help move him.’
      • ‘‘Now, son, don't forget that we do have to tranquilize you, too,’ Andy tells me.’
      • ‘Moss recently had to catch and tranquilize a female hippo who had unwittingly escaped from her steely enclosure late one night and had the run of the zoo.’
      • ‘We had tried everything and the day we tranquilized her and still couldn't catch her I cried.’
      • ‘They are going to tranquilize the deer if they find him with tranquilizer guns, but they have to shoot the alligators.’
      • ‘The cats are tranquilized and given a physical, then tagged and released.’
      • ‘He polished off the entire bottle before she was able to get him to hold still long enough for her to tranquilize him.’
      • ‘Eventually the bears were tranquilized Monday and moved to another den within their habitat, in hopes the pair would nod off to sleep again for another month.’
      • ‘In extreme cases, persistent elephants are tranquilized and transported to Uda Walawe National Park in southeastern Sri Lanka.’
      • ‘In such cases, they hold you down and tranquilize you, like an animal, like the unreachable wounded animal they consider you to be.’
      • ‘They were going to tranquilize her until the ceremony was performed.’
      • ‘Lets face it the language we use to talk about the economy is plain boring, housing starts, GDP; you could tranquilize an elephant with that stuff.’
      • ‘During the course of my study, I had occasion to tranquilize individuals of both my study species so that I could place radio collars around their necks for tracking purposes.’
      • ‘One of the soldiers went to go examine their leader and realized that he was just tranquilized.’
      • ‘She also considered if she'd been tranquilised, but then it struck her.’
      • ‘Animal control officers managed to tranquilize the frightened creature and removed it.’
      • ‘I was highly tranquilised at the time and I really didn't know what was going on.’
      • ‘Vets were planning to tranquilize him, bring him to the park's wildlife rehabilitation center, and nurse him back to health.’
      • ‘So why, he says, tranquillise the poor tiger and then open fire less than two seconds later?’
      sedate, calm, calm down, soothe, quiet, quieten, quieten down, pacify, settle someone's nerves, settle something's nerves, mollify, lull, relax
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    2. 1.2literary Make tranquil.
      ‘joys that tranquillize the mind’
      • ‘This track, with its lilting verses and gently lifting (sounds like a brassiere, but it isn't) accordion phrase, stays in my head, tranquilizing me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The second function of music therapy is relaxation because the music can tranquilize the mind by nourishing the heart.’
      • ‘The feeling of being alone had somehow tranquilized me; it made me feel at ease.’

Pronunciation

tranquillize

/ˈtraŋkwɪlʌɪz/