[ hip-nuh-tahyz ]
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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.

  1. 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.
  1. to practice hypnosis; put or be able to put others into a hypnotic state.

Origin of hypnotize

First recorded in 1843; see origin at hypnotism, -ize
  • Also especially British, hyp·no·tise .

Other words from hypnotize

  • 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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How to use hypnotize in a sentence

  • His silence had a curious effect on those in whose company he feasted; it seemed to hypnotise them.

    Henrik Ibsen | Edmund Gosse
  • It has been suggested that the conjurors hypnotise the spectators, and make them believe they see these things.

  • Let's hypnotise 'em, please 'em in some other way besides shorter hours and easier strikes.

    The Prisoner | Alice Brown
  • Amiel was simply hypnotised by the universe, as a man may hypnotise himself by gazing fixedly at a star.

    Prose Fancies (Second Series) | Richard Le Gallienne
  • Yet once again did Alma hypnotise her imagination with a new ideal of life.

    The Whirlpool | George Gissing

British Dictionary definitions for hypnotize



/ (ˈhɪpnəˌtaɪz) /

  1. to induce hypnosis in (a person)

  2. to charm or beguile; fascinate

Derived forms of hypnotize

  • hypnotizable or hypnotisable, adjective
  • hypnotizability or hypnotisability, noun
  • hypnotization or hypnotisation, noun
  • hypnotizer or hypnotiser, noun

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