American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make tranquil; pacify: "Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose” ( Mary Shelley).
- v. To sedate or relieve of anxiety or tension by the administration of a drug.
- v. To become tranquil; relax.
- v. To have a calming or soothing effect.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render tranquil or quiet; allay when agitated; compose; make calm or peaceful.
- Synonyms To quiet, still, soothe, calm, lull, hush.
- To become tranquil; also, to exert a quieting or calming effect.
- Also spelled tranquilise, tranquillise.
- v. To use a drug to sedate a person or animal.
- v. To make something or someone tranquil; to pacify or calm.
- v. intransitive To become tranquil; to relax.
- v. intransitive To calm down.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To render tranquil; to allay when agitated; to compose; to make calm and peaceful
- v. cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to
- v. make calm or still
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