narcotize

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From narcot(ic) +‎ -ize.

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narcotize (third-person singular simple present narcotizes, present participle narcotizing, simple past and past participle narcotized)

  1. (transitive) To use a narcotic in order to make (someone) drowsy or insensible; to anesthetize, to drug. [from 16th c.]
  2. (transitive) To dull the senses of (a person, place etc.). [from 19th c.]
  3. (transitive) To make into a narcotic. [from 19th c.]
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 235:
      The sun hangs overhead like a lantern, the essence of new grass and apple blossom narcotizes the air, the clack and whir of the wheels have a quelling, hypnotic effect on the passengers.

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