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
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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 hypnotises Historical Examples of hypnotises
There must be something about a Turk that
hypnotises an Egyptian.
hypnotises our old friend there—and our young one, too.
This is the mastery which produces in free skating that "melting" of one figure into another which so
hypnotises the onlooker.
The depth of the water at the bridge is not great, yet deep enough to be mysterious and it
hypnotises me. British Dictionary definitions for hypnotises 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 hypnotises 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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