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hypnotize

[hip-nuh-tahyz]
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verb (used with object), hyp·no·tized, hyp·no·tiz·ing.
  1. to put in the hypnotic state.
  2. to influence, control, or direct completely, as by personal charm, words, or domination: The speaker hypnotized the audience with his powerful personality.
  3. to frighten or startle so that movement is impossible: The headlights hypnotized the deer and it just stood staring at the oncoming car.
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verb (used without object), hyp·no·tized, hyp·no·tiz·ing.
  1. to practice hypnosis; put or be able to put others into a hypnotic state.
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Also especially British, hyp·no·tise.

Origin of hypnotize

First recorded in 1843; see origin at hypnotism, -ize
Related formshyp·no·tiz·a·ble, adjectivehyp·no·tiz·a·bil·i·ty, nounhalf-hyp·no·tized, adjectivere·hyp·no·tize, verb (used with object), re·hyp·no·tized, re·hyp·no·tiz·ing.un·hyp·no·tiz·a·ble, adjectiveun·hyp·no·tize, verb (used with object), un·hyp·no·tized, un·hyp·no·tiz·ing.
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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


British Dictionary definitions for hypnotize

hypnotize

hypnotise

verb (tr)
  1. to induce hypnosis in (a person)
  2. to charm or beguile; fascinate
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Derived Formshypnotizable or hypnotisable, adjectivehypnotizability or hypnotisability, nounhypnotization or hypnotisation, nounhypnotizer or hypnotiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for hypnotize

v.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hypnotize in Medicine

hypnotize

(hĭpnə-tīz′)
v.
  1. To put a person into a state of hypnosis.
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Related formshypno•tiz′a•ble adj.hyp′no•ti•zation (-tĭ-zāshən) n.
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