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verb (used with object), hyp·no·tized, hyp·no·tiz·ing.
  1. to put in the hypnotic state.
  2. to influence, control, or direct completely, as by personal charm, words, or domination: The speaker hypnotized the audience with his powerful personality.
  3. to frighten or startle so that movement is impossible: The headlights hypnotized the deer and it just stood staring at the oncoming car.
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verb (used without object), hyp·no·tized, hyp·no·tiz·ing.
  1. to practice hypnosis; put or be able to put others into a hypnotic state.
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Also especially British, hyp·no·tise.

Origin of hypnotize

First recorded in 1843; see origin at hypnotism, -ize
Related formshyp·no·tiz·a·ble, adjectivehyp·no·tiz·a·bil·i·ty, nounhalf-hyp·no·tized, adjectivere·hyp·no·tize, verb (used with object), re·hyp·no·tized, re·hyp·no·tiz·ing.un·hyp·no·tiz·a·ble, adjectiveun·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

  • In hypnotism our thoughts take possession of the person we hypnotise.

    The Return of Peter Grimm

    David Belasco

  • Hurstwood fixed his eye on Carrie, as if to hypnotise her into doing better.

    Sister Carrie

    Theodore Dreiser

  • Yet once again did Alma hypnotise her imagination with a new ideal of life.

    The Whirlpool

    George Gissing

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for hypnotise



verb (tr)
  1. to induce hypnosis in (a person)
  2. to charm or beguile; fascinate
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Derived Formshypnotizable or hypnotisable, adjectivehypnotizability or hypnotisability, nounhypnotization or hypnotisation, nounhypnotizer or hypnotiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for hypnotise


alternative spelling of hypnotize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Hypnotised; hypnotising.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hypnotise in Medicine


  1. To put a person into a state of hypnosis.
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Related formshypno•tiz′a•ble adj.hyp′no•ti•zation (-tĭ-zāshən) n.
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