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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
  • But the sound of Peter's narrative seemed to fascinate—to hypnotize him.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • If he should hypnotize her, what was there to prevent his learning everything.

    The Ivory Snuff Box Arnold Fredericks
  • Her husband wanted me to hypnotize her but I preferred another way.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • Now we come to the point where the subject wishes to hypnotize himself.

  • 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
  • She'd come in to drag him out shoppin' and hypnotize him into loosenin' up.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • When you attempted to hypnotize me, I didn't known what you wanted.

    Invaders from the Infinite

    John Wood Campbell
  • Its beady eyes held me for a moment, as they are said to hypnotize a bird.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl
  • She needed all her courage; it seemed as though he were trying to hypnotize her.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • What the dickens has this girl done to them, to hypnotize them so?

    The Rose Garden Husband Margaret Widdemer
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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