- 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 hypnotise
In hypnotism our thoughts take possession of the person we hypnotise.The Return of Peter Grimm
Hurstwood fixed his eye on Carrie, as if to hypnotise her into doing better.Sister Carrie
Yet once again did Alma hypnotise her imagination with a new ideal of life.The Whirlpool
They write about their own researches in most laudatory terms and hypnotise us into believing them.Indian Home Rule
M. K. Gandhi
There must be something to hypnotise, something to suggest to, and that something is will-power.The House of Defence v. 2
E. F. Benson
- to induce hypnosis in (a person)
- to charm or beguile; fascinate
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Word Origin and History for hypnotise
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To put a person into a state of hypnosis.
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