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Definition of "tranquilize" [tran•quil•ize]

  • To make tranquil; pacify: "Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose” ( Mary Shelley). (verb-transitive)
  • To sedate or relieve of anxiety or tension by the administration of a drug. (verb-transitive)
  • To become tranquil; relax. (verb-intransitive)
  • To have a calming or soothing effect. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tranquilize" in a sentence
  • "Catch and release deer hunting where you tranquilize trophy deer, get your picture and then go home."
  • "As opposed to paying a company thousands of dollars to tranquilize and relocate the bears."
  • "After an unsuccessful attempt by Finnish trackers to tranquilize and relocate him, local hunters shot and killed him."