- 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.
Also especially British, hyp·no·tise.
Origin of hypnotize
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Examples from the Web for hypnotize
But the sound of Peter's narrative seemed to fascinate—to hypnotize him.The Vagrant Duke
If he should hypnotize her, what was there to prevent his learning everything.The Ivory Snuff Box
Her husband wanted me to hypnotize her but I preferred another way.Psychotherapy
Now we come to the point where the subject wishes to hypnotize himself.A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis
You carried her off against her will—and did what you could to hypnotize her into marrying you.The Rover Boys in the Air
- to induce hypnosis in (a person)
- to charm or beguile; fascinate
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Word Origin and History for hypnotize
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To put a person into a state of hypnosis.
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