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[hip-nuh-tahyz] /ˈhɪp nəˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), hypnotized, hypnotizing.
to put in the hypnotic state.
to influence, control, or direct completely, as by personal charm, words, or domination:
The speaker hypnotized the audience with his powerful personality.
to frighten or startle so that movement is impossible:
The headlights hypnotized the deer and it just stood staring at the oncoming car.
verb (used without object), hypnotized, hypnotizing.
to practice hypnosis; put or be able to put others into a hypnotic state.
Also, especially British, hypnotise.
Origin of hypnotize
First recorded in 1843; See origin at hypnotism, -ize
Related forms
hypnotizable, adjective
hypnotizability, noun
half-hypnotized, adjective
rehypnotize, verb (used with object), rehypnotized, rehypnotizing.
unhypnotizable, adjective
unhypnotize, verb (used with object), unhypnotized, unhypnotizing. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hypnotise
Historical Examples
  • In hypnotism our thoughts take possession of the person we hypnotise.

  • Hurstwood fixed his eye on Carrie, as if to hypnotise her into doing better.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • Yet once again did Alma hypnotise her imagination with a new ideal of life.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • They write about their own researches in most laudatory terms and hypnotise us into believing them.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
  • There must be something to hypnotise, something to suggest to, and that something is will-power.

  • He must hypnotise me before the dawn, and then I shall be able to speak.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • I woke Madam Mina, and again tried to hypnotise her; but alas!

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • We were going to hypnotise him, to save him the difficulty of acting.

    When the Sleeper Wakes Herbert George Wells
  • Besides, I may be of service, since you can hypnotise me and so learn that which even I myself do not know.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • "You can hypnotise yourself that way," Mr. Barbecue-Smith went on.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
British Dictionary definitions for hypnotise


verb (transitive)
to induce hypnosis in (a person)
to charm or beguile; fascinate
Derived Forms
hypnotizable, hypnotisable, adjective
hypnotizability, hypnotisability, noun
hypnotization, hypnotisation, noun
hypnotizer, hypnotiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for hypnotise

alternative spelling of hypnotize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Hypnotised; hypnotising.



1843, see hypnotic + -ize. Related: Hypnotized; hypnotizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hypnotise in Medicine

hypnotize hyp·no·tize (hĭp'nə-tīz')
v. hyp·no·tized, hyp·no·tiz·ing, hyp·no·tiz·es
To put a person into a state of hypnosis.

hyp'no·tiz'a·bil'i·ty n.
hyp'no·tiz'a·ble adj.
hyp'no·ti·za'tion (-tĭ-zā'shən) n.
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