Definition of tranquilize in English:


(British tranquillize)


  • 1 (of a drug) have a calming or sedative effect on.

    ‘the majority regarded tranquilizing drugs as the chief therapeutic weapon’
    • ‘He hoped that its tranquillising effect could be used to give the patient some rest.’
    • ‘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 superintendent wanted her certified as mentally ill and when the psychiatrist refused, she called for the use of tranquillizing drugs, including by intramuscular injection.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Drinking alcohol does not produce true ‘relaxation’ - it ‘drugs’ or ‘tranquilizes’ the drinker, and alcohol cannot only disrupt sleep, it can cause stress.’
    • ‘It is a tricyclic antidepressant with one of the most powerful anti-itch and antihistaminic effects, as well as sedative / tranquilizing effects.’
    • ‘The discovery of Librium and other minor tranquilizing drugs provided an intriguing new approach to understanding the anxiety neuroses.’
    • ‘They were taking more tranquilising drugs, they were in bigger proportion depressed.’
    • ‘I have also tried a number of our strongest tranquilizing drugs, but nothing seems to curb his anger.’
    • ‘The guards are the life-support machines and the tranquilizing drugs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Generation after generation of families of families, systematically marginalised by their supposed betters and tranquillised by welfare and drugs, are doomed to the underclass.’
    • ‘They have a tranquillising effect, without necessarily causing sleepiness.’
    • ‘Sapphire releases violet cosmic rays, which are cooling and tranquilizing.’
    tranquillizing, calming, depressant, soothing, calmative, relaxing, soporific
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    1. 1.1Administer a tranquilizing drug to (a person or animal)
      ‘the stray elk was tranquilized and relocated’
      • ‘She also considered if she'd been tranquilised, but then it struck her.’
      • ‘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 such cases, they hold you down and tranquilize you, like an animal, like the unreachable wounded animal they consider you to be.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He polished off the entire bottle before she was able to get him to hold still long enough for her to tranquilize him.’
      • ‘The cats are tranquilized and given a physical, then tagged and released.’
      • ‘He failed to snap out of a drugged sleep after he had been tranquillized to help move him.’
      • ‘I was highly tranquilised at the time and I really didn't know what was going on.’
      • ‘In extreme cases, persistent elephants are tranquilized and transported to Uda Walawe National Park in southeastern Sri Lanka.’
      • ‘So why, he says, tranquillise the poor tiger and then open fire less than two seconds later?’
      • ‘Vets were planning to tranquilize him, bring him to the park's wildlife rehabilitation center, and nurse him back to health.’
      • ‘‘Now, son, don't forget that we do have to tranquilize you, too,’ Andy tells me.’
      • ‘Even more cunning, some of the gorillas pretend to be tranquilized.’
      • ‘Animal control officers managed to tranquilize the frightened creature and removed it.’
      • ‘One of the soldiers went to go examine their leader and realized that he was just tranquilized.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They were going to tranquilize her until the ceremony was performed.’
      • ‘They are going to tranquilize the deer if they find him with tranquilizer guns, but they have to shoot the alligators.’
      • ‘We had tried everything and the day we tranquilized her and still couldn't catch her I cried.’
      sedate, soothe, quiet, pacify, settle someone's nerves, settle something's nerves, mollify, lull, relax
      stupefy, anaesthetize, narcotize, knock out, drug
      administer a sedative to, administer a tranquillizer to
      dope, zonk
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    2. 1.2literary Make tranquil.
      ‘joys that tranquilize the mind’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The feeling of being alone had somehow tranquilized me; it made me feel at ease.’
      • ‘The second function of music therapy is relaxation because the music can tranquilize the mind by nourishing the heart.’