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hypnotize

[hip-nuh-tahyz]
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 hypnotises

Historical Examples

  • There must be something about a Turk that hypnotises an Egyptian.

    Pan-Islam

    George Wyman Bury

  • Unorna hypnotises our old friend there—and our young one, too.

    The Witch of Prague

    F. Marion Crawford

  • This is the mastery which produces in free skating that "melting" of one figure into another which so hypnotises the onlooker.

    Woman as Decoration

    Emily Burbank

  • 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

hypnotize

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 hypnotises

hypnotize

v.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hypnotises in Medicine

hypnotize

(hĭpnə-tīz′)
v.
  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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