Definition of narcotize in US English:


(British narcotise)


[with object]
  • 1Stupefy with or as if with a drug.

    • ‘In my narcotised state I was delighted to see long-nosed hawkfish on the black coral: the first I had seen east of Fiji.’
    • ‘It's a narcotising vista, causing the pupils to shrink, the heart to beat faster.’
    • ‘In the experiments on narcotized rats, a decrease in the level of the registered signal was observed after an injection of a lethal dose of Nembutal.’
    • ‘The early tabloid press, music hall, silent cinema, radio - all were denounced in their time as narcotising trash.’
    • ‘The wounded troops flying in and out are often in misery or a narcotized stupor, while those treated with blocks remain awake and pain-free despite massive injuries.’
    • ‘It has no future and is bulldozing its past in a desperate attempt to lull hapless inhabitants into a narcotised state of believing nothing will ever change.’
    • ‘Postman prefers Huxley to Orwell and argues that there is no need for Big Brother to conceal anything from citizens whom technological diversion has largely narcotized.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Darnielle's recollection of events, however, is anything but a narcotized blur.’
    • ‘Based on the short stories of cult writer Dennis Johnson, the film is an elegy to the narcotised low-life of 1970s, small town USA.’
    • ‘Far from dismissing mainstream studio pictures as lifeless products designed to narcotize the masses, he insisted that these pictures are suggestive of ‘what the people miss in their own lives.’’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The second is that rather than ‘shock and awe,’ such images produce shock and numbness, compassion fatigue, and narcotized state of mind.’
    • ‘Other oil fractions showed additional effects, blocking pheromone reception or narcotising and intoxicating animals.’
    • ‘Its loping beat is pretty hard to resist and I'll admit I'm a sucker for that narcotized feel.’
    drug, administer drugs to, administer narcotics to, administer opiates to
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    1. 1.1 Make (something) have a soporific or narcotic effect.
      ‘the essence of apple blossom narcotizes the air’