tranquilize (tranquilizes, present participle tranquilizing; past and past participle tranquilized)
- (transitive) To calm (a person or animal) or put them to sleep using a drug.
- The escaped lion was finally tracked down, tranquilized, and safely returned to the zoo.
- Synonyms: sedate#Verb
- 1962, Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, New York: Dial, p. 255,
- Miss Ratched shall line us all against the wall, where we’ll face the terrible maw of a muzzle-loading shotgun which she has loaded with Miltowns! Thorazines! Libriums! Stelazines! And with a wave of her sword, blooie! Tranquilize all of us completely out of existence.
- 1962, Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, Chapter 2, p. 13,
- When the public protests, confronted with some obvious evidence of damaging results of pesticide applications, it is fed little tranquilizing pills of half truth.
- (transitive, now, literary) To make (something or someone) tranquil.
- Synonyms: appease, calm, pacify
- 1779, Frances Burney, Evelina, Dublin: Price, Corcoran et al., Volume 2, Letter 14, p. 87,
- […] with words of sweetest kindness and consolation, he soothed and tranquilised me.
- 1818, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Letter 1,
- […] I feel my heart glow with an enthusiasm which elevates me to heaven, for nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose,—a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
- 1855, Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom, Chapter 13,
- This threat, the reader may well suppose, was not very tranquilizing to my feelings.
- 1865, Sir George Trevelyan, 2nd Baronet, Siege of Cawnpore, London: Macmillan, Chapter 5, p. 322,
- The column was placed under the orders of Major Renaud, who pushed up the road; fighting as occasion offered; tranquillizing the country by the very simple expedient of hanging everybody who showed signs of insubordination […]
- 1931, E. F. Benson, Mapp and Lucia, Chapter 4,
- Supported by an impregnable sense of justice but still dangerously fuming, Lucia went back to her garden-room, to tranquillize herself with an hour’s practice on the new piano.
- 1995, Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance, Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, Chapter 11, p. 497,
- But time had tranquillized Dina’s worries about the landlord.
- (intransitive, obsolete, rare) To become tranquil.
- Synonyms: calm down, relax
- 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, London, Volume 5, Letter 1, p. 11,
- Seest thou not, that this unseasonable gravity is admitted to quell the palpitations of this unmanageable heart? But still it will go on with its boundings. I’ll try, as I ride in my chariot, to tranquillize.
- French: tranquilliser
- French: tranquilliser