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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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  • Almost like one hypnotized, Miss Mystery gave a helpless glance at her inquisitor and murmured a low, almost inaudible “yes.”

    The Mystery Girl Carolyn Wells
  • Don't you see I've made Elk medicine and got her hypnotized?

    Wild Animals at Home Ernest Thompson Seton
  • He does this willingly, for no one can be hypnotized against his will; he does it without reason or just motive.

    Explanation of Catholic Morals John H. Stapleton
  • Ives sat over his Communications desk as if hypnotized by it.

    Breaking Point James E. Gunn
  • And even those who resisted his call to adventure were hypnotized by his easy and lavish manner of talking "shop."

    Old and New Masters Robert Lynd
  • A hypnotizer may abuse his suggestive power to exploit the love of the hypnotized.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • It is not true that the mind of the hypnotized is asleep and that perhaps only one or the other idea can be pushed into his mind.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
British Dictionary definitions for hypnotized


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 hypnotized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hypnotized 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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