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[mez-muh-rahyz, mes-] /ˈmɛz məˌraɪz, ˈmɛs-/
verb (used with object), mesmerized, mesmerizing.
to hypnotize.
to spellbind; fascinate.
to compel by fascination.
Also, especially British, mesmerise.
Origin of mesmerize
First recorded in 1820-30; mesmer(ism) + -ize
Related forms
mesmerization, noun
mesmerizer, noun
unmesmerized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mesmerize
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  • You mean that you want to mesmerize her as you did the Zulu chief.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
  • "No wonder Benita won't let you mesmerize her," he said shortly.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
  • The proportion of people who have the power to mesmerize, if it be a power, I do not know.

  • On my replying in the affirmative he said, ‘Can you mesmerize any one at a distance?’

  • I sneered at her, too, at first, but when I was left alone with her she seemed to mesmerize me.

  • Openly or secretly, you can never control or mesmerize a child of mine.

    Professor Huskins Lettie M. Cummings
  • I thought you said you could mesmerize me any time you chose.

    Professor Huskins Lettie M. Cummings
  • He was the one his father had threatened to mesmerize; he should not do it while she was alive.

    Professor Huskins Lettie M. Cummings
  • She could not mesmerize me, but she could strip me of my fancy dress and set me naked in the masquerade.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
British Dictionary definitions for mesmerize


verb (transitive)
a former word for hypnotize
to hold (someone) as if spellbound
Derived Forms
mesmerization, mesmerisation, noun
mesmerizer, mesmeriser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mesmerize

1829, back-formation from mesmerism. Transferred sense of "enthrall" is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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