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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 hypnotize
Historical Examples
  • Now, let a patient get the idea that only one man can hypnotize him, and that is the beginning of the hypnotic suggestion itself.

    The Story of the Mind James Mark Baldwin
  • She needed all her courage; it seemed as though he were trying to hypnotize her.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • There is about him something that seems to soothe and hypnotize.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • But the sound of Peter's narrative seemed to fascinate—to hypnotize him.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • It is a great thing to paint a beautiful picture, but 't is a more difficult feat to hypnotize the public into accepting the fact.

  • Her husband wanted me to hypnotize her but I preferred another way.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • It was like trying to hypnotize a subject that did not wish to be hypnotized.

  • You carried her off against her will—and did what you could to hypnotize her into marrying you.

    The Rover Boys in the Air Edward Stratemeyer
  • Its beady eyes held me for a moment, as they are said to hypnotize a bird.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • When you attempted to hypnotize me, I didn't known what you wanted.

    Invaders from the Infinite John Wood Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for hypnotize


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 hypnotize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hypnotize 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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