- 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 hypnotized
For one month in 2013, a British street artist known by the nom de plume of Banksy hypnotized the city of New York.Catch Him If You Can: Reliving Banksy’s New York Invasion
November 14, 2014
She hypnotized Cory with her free spirit, freer hair, and asinine name, coaxing him out of his shell and into love with her.‘Boy Meets World’ Turns 20: The Silly Show We Can’t Help but Love
September 24, 2013
"Black leaves, black leaves, black leaves are falling..." she sang to a hypnotized audience.Celebrating World Literature
April 30, 2010
A hypnotizer may abuse his suggestive power to exploit the love of the hypnotized.The Sexual Question
The Wanderer's intense gaze held Bert speechless, hypnotized.Wanderer of Infinity
You've hypnotized her—that is what you've done, hypnotized her.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
For Serbs and Bulgars have always been hypnotized by Macedonia.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
I will give you universal happiness, you silly, hypnotized ghoul, you!Under Western Eyes
- to induce hypnosis in (a person)
- to charm or beguile; fascinate
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Word Origin and History for hypnotized
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To put a person into a state of hypnosis.
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