Definition of narcotize in US English:



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

    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Its loping beat is pretty hard to resist and I'll admit I'm a sucker for that narcotized feel.’
    • ‘In my narcotised state I was delighted to see long-nosed hawkfish on the black coral: the first I had seen east of Fiji.’
    • ‘The early tabloid press, music hall, silent cinema, radio - all were denounced in their time as narcotising trash.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a narcotising vista, causing the pupils to shrink, the heart to beat faster.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other oil fractions showed additional effects, blocking pheromone reception or narcotising and intoxicating animals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The second is that rather than ‘shock and awe,’ such images produce shock and numbness, compassion fatigue, and narcotized state of mind.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    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’