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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for hypnotises
Historical Examples
  • There must be something about a Turk that hypnotises an Egyptian.

    Pan-Islam George Wyman Bury
  • Unorna hypnotises our old friend there—and our young one, too.

    The Witch of Prague F. Marion Crawford
  • This is the mastery which produces in free skating that "melting" of one figure into another which so hypnotises the onlooker.

    Woman as Decoration

    Emily Burbank
  • The depth of the water at the bridge is not great, yet deep enough to be mysterious and it hypnotises me.

British Dictionary definitions for hypnotises


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 hypnotises



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hypnotises 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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