EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), hyp·no·tized, hyp·no·tiz·ing. 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), hyp·no·tized, hyp·no·tiz·ing.
, especially British hyp·no·tise. Origin of hypnotize
First recorded in
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-ize Related forms hyp·no·tiz·a·ble, adjective hyp·no·tiz·a·bil·i·ty, noun half-hyp·no·tized, adjective re·hyp·no·tize, verb (used with object), re·hyp·no·tized, re·hyp·no·tiz·ing. un·hyp·no·tiz·a·ble, adjective un·hyp·no·tize, verb (used with object), un·hyp·no·tized, un·hyp·no·tiz·ing.
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Examples from the Web for hypnotise Historical Examples of hypnotise
In hypnotism our thoughts take possession of the person we
Hurstwood fixed his eye on Carrie, as if to
hypnotise her into doing better.
Yet once again did Alma
hypnotise her imagination with a new ideal of life.
They write about their own researches in most laudatory terms and
hypnotise us into believing them.
There must be something to
hypnotise, something to suggest to, and that something is will-power. British Dictionary definitions for hypnotise verb (tr) to induce hypnosis in (a person) to charm or beguile; fascinate Derived Forms hypnotizable or hypnotisable, adjective hypnotizability or hypnotisability, noun hypnotization or hypnotisation, noun hypnotizer or hypnotiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for hypnotise v.
alternative spelling of
hypnotize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Hypnotised; hypnotising. v.
hypnotic + -ize. Related: Hypnotized; hypnotizing.
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v. To put a person into a state of hypnosis. Related forms hyp ′no•tiz′a•ble adj. hyp′no•ti•za ( ′tion -tĭ-zā) ′shən n.
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